THUMBS UP: Three years ago, Frank Illiano started the Illiano Project to help combat the scourge of addiction. Last Friday in Mount Airy, he was honored with the William Donald Schaefer award by Comptroller Peter Franchot. The Illiano Project offers support for those in recovery, including meetings, Narcan training and helping them find a job, no questions asked. Illiano, who owns New York J&P Pizza and The Mt. Airy Inn, said he had known Schaefer and was shocked to learn he won the award. Franchot said the Illiano Project was in the spirit of Schaefer, who had a “do it now” attitude and believed in lending a helping hand. Friends and family gave Illiano a standing ovation when he received the award. “Three years ago, we lost three people in one weekend,” Illiano said, referring to overdoses. “I’ve been here 30 years. It’s a nice town. So nobody in Mount Airy thought we had this problem. Unfortunately, we have this problem all over, not just Mount Airy. It’s almost everywhere.” Indeed. Thankfully, people like Illiano are fighting it.