Hairs honored at Citizens of the Year banquet
— 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.
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.