The Ely Times

The White Pine County Commission approved a resolution to honor the life and community service of Commissioner Steven Stork and to also rename the concession pavilion in honor of Stork.  

Commissioner Shane Bybee explained to the other commissioners that he requested this to be placed on the agenda.  “Steve was a huge part of this commission, a big man a big presence a force to be reckoned with and I just wanted to see a resolution to commemorate his dedication,” he said.

Several other past residents have had parks, and facilities named after them to honor their legacy.  Even when Stork didn’t live in White Pine, he was still very active here,  always so business minded. 

Discussion between the Ag13 board and the commission led to the decision of dedicating the concession area of the White Pine County Fairgrounds to Stork.  

Steve and Pat Stork, owners of Racks Bar & Grill, would always donate their time and services to the bar and concession area each year during the horse racing events. Staff from Racks even volunteered that long weekend. 

Chairman of the Commission Richard Howe said he agreed with a small portion of the item. Howe explained the auction area at the fairgrounds was dedicated to Chop Manzonie.

“I agree we should honor Steve and that area, where Racks always sold the drinks and volunteered their staff,” Howe said. 

Commissioner Travis Godon agreed.  Bill Panagopoulos, chairman of the AG 13 Board was also in agreement of the decision to have the concession area dedicated to Stork. Panagopoulos said, “We appreciate the commission listening to our thoughts on it, that is the exact place where we were thinking of.” 

The motion was made and approved unanimously.  

The resolution was read in by Bybee.  The resolution spoke of how Stork devoted his life to making a positive difference in White Pine County both as a business owner and as an extraordinary public services as a commissioner on the White Pine County Commission.  

During this tenure of service as a commissioner, Stork gained respect for his determination to address difficult issues with local concerns.  

Bybee read a quote from Theodore Roosevelt, “The extraordinary life and character of Steven Stork goes along with a speech that Roosevelt gave in 1910.  It is not the critic who counts, not the man who points out;  not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, and comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds; who knows the great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spends himself in a worthy cause; who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who know neither victory nor defeat.”