Riverside resident Dr. Bob Novak and Brookfield resident Roy Overholt were among the 18 people honored on Oct. 11 as 2012 Senior Citizens of the Year by U.S. Congressman Daniel Lipinski (D-3rd).

Novak was nominated for the award by Riverside Village President Michael Gorman, while Overholt was nominated by Brookfield Village President Michael Garvey. They were nominated for their dedication to volunteerism and civic involvement in their respective villages.

Dr. Novak, 82, is a lifelong resident of Riverside and a retired physician who still is involved in caring for Riverside’s senior citizens, hosting monthly blood-pressure screenings at the Riverside Township Hall and serving as director of the Riverside Township Senior Citizens Society. He’s an active member of the Riverside Cable Commission and was the founder of the Our Town Project.

He’s also director of the Chicagoland Big Band Jazz Society and was former chairman of the Riverside Economic Development Commission

Overholt is a legend in Brookfield youth baseball circles and can be found manicuring the baseball field that bears his name in Kiwanis Park daily during the summer. The Roy Overholt Baseball Tournament, which features the best teams from area Little League organizations, is held at the end of every summer.

In 2013, the tournament will mark its 50th anniversary.