There were several “firsts” for this, the fifth year for the Leader’s Best of the Best Reader’s Choice Awards. We had three categories come in with a tied number of votes. That’s a first. We had almost 800 ballots cast. That’s a first. And we had Linda Kidd (pictured left) selected as Best Photographer - her first time to win, and Linda Patschke (right) as Best Community Volunteer - not a first for her! She won last year too! For an entire list of the winners, go to page C3 of today’s paper.