Who is the Recorder’s 2020 Citizen of the Year?

Published: 12/23/2020 6:55:48 PM

The Greenfield Recorder has a longstanding tradition to honor a member of our community as its Citizen of the Year. This year’s honoree will be the 38th.

This fall, we received nominations for 25 different people. Several received more than one. However, this is not an instance where the person who gets the most nominations wins.

Certainly, all the nominees were deserving of recognition for how they contribute to our community. Many do their work quietly, with no desire for recognition. It’s the Recorder’s job to change that.

The final decision fell to the Recorder’s editorial board, with input from the Franklin County Chamber of Commerce. (We will miss honoring the Citizen of the Year at the chamber’s December breakfast.)

So, who is the 2020 Citizen of the Year? We are keeping that a secret for now, but all will be revealed Monday, Dec. 28, with a front page story and photos. You can read for yourselves why this person was chosen.

And to give you an indication of what company this person will keep, here’s a look back at all of our previous winners: David Chichester of Conway (now of Greenfield); Joan Vander Vliet, Al Dray, Elizabeth Hollingsworth and Philip Gilmore of Deerfield; Pearl Care of Erving; Theodore Martineau of Montague City; Rolland Gifford, Marion Taylor and Marvin Shippee of Shelburne Falls; Robbie Cohn, Ann Hamilton, Amy Clarke, Marjorie Reid, Edward Tombs, Irmarie Jones, Jean Cummings, David McCarthy, Charles Carter and Arline Cohn of Greenfield; Marie Putala, the Rev. Stanley Aksamit, John Carey, Shirley Lovett and Richard Kimball of Turners Falls; Albert Diemand and Theodore Lewis of Wendell; Frank R. “Bud” Foster and William Shores of Bernardston; Marian Holbrook and Raymond Zukowski of Northfield; Allan Adie of Gill; Clifford Fournier, Marty Picard and Geneva Lawson of Orange; and Adelia Bardwell of Whately.


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