Hairs hon­ored at Cit­i­zens of the Year ban­quet

Cecil Whig - - LOCAL - By BRI­ANNA SHEA

ELK­TON

bshea@ce­cil­whig.com

— The Elk­ton Cham­ber and Al­liance rec­og­nized Dwight and Diane Hair as the Cit­i­zens of the Year for 2015 on Thurs­day night.

“It’s over­whelm­ing and I am so hum­bled to think that Dwight and I are stand­ing up here,” Diane said. “It’s be­yond what we de­serve. We do it be­cause we love it.”

Roger Owens, Cit­i­zen of the Year for 2014 and chair­man of the Elk­ton Cham­ber and Al­liance’s board of direc­tors, gave the cou­ple their award. Be­fore the award cer­e­mony started, Owens said the cou­ple has done “an in­cred­i­ble amount of things” for the com­mu­nity.

The cou­ple is known for buy­ing and re­vi­tal­iz­ing prop­erty to help beau­tify the town, as well as op­er­at­ing Elk­ton busi­nesses for over three decades. The Hairs are the fourth cou­ple to win this award.

For­mer Mayor of Elk­ton James Crouse dis­cussed some of their con­tri­bu­tions to the com­mu­nity, such as plac­ing planters on Main Street sev­eral years ago.

“Ev­ery­thing that these two peo­ple have done, that they touch, just turns to some­thing won­der­ful for their com­mu­nity,” Crouse said.

Crouse said when he served in of­fice, they were the “go-to” peo­ple.

Sev­eral Elk­ton com­mis­sion­ers said a few words about the cou­ple as well.

“It’s a great honor,” said Elk­ton Com­mis­sioner Charles Givens. “They at­tended nu­mer­ous town meet­ings.”

Givens said the cou­ple is al­ways pos­i­tive and has great ideas.

Mary Jo Jablon­ski, a town com­mis­sioner and ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor of the Elk­ton Cham­ber and Al­liance, said the cou­ple has and con­tin­ues to make the town more beau­ti­ful.

She said be­tween Dwight’s re­vi­tal­iza­tion projects and Diane tak­ing the time to do things such as pick weeds from the gar­den, they have helped to make the town more beau­ti­ful.

CE­CIL WHIG PHOTO BY BRI­ANNA SHEA

James Crouse, a for­mer mayor of Elk­ton, talks to the crowd about Diane and Dwight Hair at the Cit­i­zens of the Year Ban­quet for 2015.

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