Thumbs up to focusing on those with interesting stories to tell. Edgewood Communities Presents, a series of discussions hosted by Greg Peterson and sponsored by Lutheran and the Chautauqua Region Community Foundation, will focus on Maria Welker at 7 p.m. Tuesday. Welker will share her life story which includes leaving her hometown during World War II and later coming to America. Speaking of the Community Foundation, nominations for the Axel W. Carlson Unsung Hero Award are due Monday, March 3. The start of a new year means the Chautauqua Region Community Foundation is seeking nominations for the 2014 Axel W. Carlson "Unsung Hero" Award, an annual honor which honors those who made significant contributions to an organization or project to better their community and who has neither received nor expects recognition or reward. Past recipients include: Lucille Miller, Debbie Long, Josh Briggs, Albert Olmstead, Mary Avery, Nancy Gaden, Kenneth Kilburn, Lorri Huckelbery, Mary Gabalski, John Bauer, Norm Merrill and, most recently, Brenda Cole. Thumbs up to those who actively engage in telling the untold stories of our region.