Citizen Of The Year

NEW ALBION – Marjorie Manning of Cattaraugus has been named Citizen of the Year in New Albion. Manning was honored in a recent ceremony.

Each year, the town presents this award to a resident who has been nominated for the distinction by fellow citizens. First established in 2002, as a tribute to the town’s longtime supervisor, Richard L. Murphy, the Citizen of the Year presentation has become an annual event honoring others who’ve chosen to emulate Murphy’s example of commitment to community and active citizenship.

Manning’s many qualifications for the honor were presented in the nominations submitted on her behalf to the New Albion Town Board. Loyd Chilson, current town supervisor, enumerated them as he read the proclamation prepared by the board for the occasion.

“Marge Manning, a longtime resident of Cattaraugus, has served her community with selflessness, dedication and generosity, devoting countless hours to local organizations, such as the Cattaraugus Civic League, Roberts Memorial Free Methodist Church, and Let’s Travel Club,” Chilson said. “Marge has been a business owner in the village of Cattaraugus for many years, assisting in keeping the business district open through co-ownership in Heavenly Treasures, and through her actions and deeds, Marge has proved to be a compassionate neighbor and friend, serving those in need through gifts of food and transportation.

“The New Albion Town Council acknowledges that Marge Manning stands out among the many unsung individuals who have served their community, and recognize her impact on both the town of New Albion and the village of Cattaraugus,” Chilson continued.

Chilson then presented Manning with a proclamation and plaque commemorating her selection.

“In addition,” Chilson told Manning, “a bronze plate inscribed with your name will be added to those of previous Citizens of the Year.”

The tablet containing these names is mounted on an interior wall of the Town/Village Hall, in view of the visiting public.

Manning thanked Chilson and council members for what she described as “a very great honor.” She also thanked those who submitted nominations on her behalf, and hoped she’d live up to the tribute.

Since Murphy’s death in 2002, the roster of honorees has grown to 13. It now includes (in order of induction) Richard Murphy, Gerald Pritchard, Robert Erhart, Frank Wood, Lucy Brown, Sgt. Jason Denfrund, Richard Phinney, Marilyn Wasmund, Raymond Pascarella, Dawn Weishan, Edna Booth, Anna Mallaber and now, Manning.

Manning’s two daughters, Michelle and Diane, attended the presentation ceremony, as did many of her friends and supporters. As the formalities concluded, Manning and her companions trooped down the street and around the corner to Pascarella’s Restaurant. There, they enjoyed the ice cream social that has become a traditional ending to the award ceremony, thanks to the generosity of owner Raymond Pascarella.