Citizen Of The Year

Protest interrupts Citizen of Year breakfast

Friday, December 19, 2014

DEERFIELD — Friday’s Franklin County Chamber of Commerce breakfast was Marie Putala’s moment, receiving her Recorder Citizen of the Year award for her decades of reaching out to a diverse community of people with an array of needs. The breakfast at Deerfield Academy was interrupted, though, by half a dozen protesters who quietly entered the packed dining commons, with one woman making a speech about racist police practices, as part of the Black Lives Matter movement. The six young people, representing a mix of races, filed into the room in front of the dais as Elizabeth Cordoza of the governor’s western Massachusetts office was called … 0

Marie Putala named Recorder Citizen of Year

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Marie Putala is so self-effacing about her not-so-random acts of kindness that when she overheard friends’ efforts to nominate her to be Recorder Citizen of the Year, she immediately put the kibosh on it. “I said, ‘No way! This is not going to happen,” said the Turners Falls woman, who immediately sent an … 0

Citizen honoree Zukowski praises team effort

Friday, December 20, 2013

DEERFIELD — As a former police chief and as a go-to officer of the Turners Falls Shuetzen Verein, Raymond Zukowski may be used to being in control of situations he finds himself in. But he was nearly speechless at being honored Friday as the 31st annual Recorder Citizen of the Year. “I’m not … 0

Zukowski ‘always on a mission’

Thursday, December 19, 2013

In the world of “good cop, bad cop,” Raymond Zukowski has a reputation for great things. Montague’s former police chief may have retired a couple of years ago after 36 years on the force, but he’s hardly left … 0

Citizen of the Year: Betty Hollingsworth

Friday, December 21, 2012

DEERFIELD – For 30 years, Franklin County has recognized a Recorder Citizen of the Year. But never before has the honoree filled in for more than 50 Christmases as Santa Claus herself. Elizabeth “Betty” Hollingsworth, who will be presented the annual award today at a Franklin County Chamber … 0

Citizen of the Year: Martin Picard

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

ORANGE -- Drum roll, please! The 29th annual Recorder Citizen of the Year Award will be presented to Marty Picard of Orange today, the 81st birthday of the drummer, bandleader and entertainer who's drummed up probably thousands of dollars for a host of community causes over decades. Picard, … 0

Citizen of the Year: Joan Vander Vliet

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

DEERFIELD -- Joan Vander Vliet is a twin. But she actually seems like triplets, all by herself, given the number and range of volunteer activities she's done for decades. 'People who retire often say, I want to travel,' but that's not what I wanted to do. I wanted … 0

Citizen of the Year: Ted Lewis

Friday, January 8, 2010

WENDELL -- When he was first elected selectman, meetings were held in the board's clerk's house and town records were kept in a shoebox, recalls Ted Lewis. His father, Arthur, had been a selectman for 15 years before him in the 1940s and '50s, when as a high … 0

Citizen of the Year: Amy Clarke

Wednesday, December 24, 2008

DEERFIELD -- The list of Amy Clarke's civic activities may have seemed as impressive as the gathering of 375 business and community leaders attending Tuesday's ceremony honoring her as The Recorder's 26th Franklin County Citizen of the Year. So was the list she gave of people who have … 0