Edna Booth is the 2012 recipient of the Town of New Albion's Richard L. Murphy Citizen of the Year Award.
The honor was given to her at the start of the town's May 21 board meeting.
Loyd Chilson, town supervisor, presented Mrs. Booth with the plaque and accompanying documents that acknowledged her contributions to village life. Offering his and the board's congratulations, Chilson told those assembled that Mrs. Booth was, and continues to be, a valuable asset to the community.
Mrs. Edna Booth is pictured receiving the Richard L. Murphy Citizen of the Year Award from Loyd Chilson, New Albion town supervisor. Her son, Jim Booth, looks on over Chilson’s shoulder, while her grandson, Shawn Booth, and his friend, Jackie Mitava, stand just behind her.
Photo by Arvilla Pritchard
Chilson took a moment to recount the history of the award, recalling that it was named for Richard L. Murphy, former town supervisor, who served the town in that capacity from 1982 until death in 2002.
Following the brief ceremony, Mrs. Booth and her following of friends, family and well-wishers formed an exodus from the hall, proceeding down the sidewalk and around the corner to Pascarella's Restaurant. There, they had a celebratory ice cream social.
Entertainment, in the form of a song praising Mrs. Booth's many talents, was performed at both the hall and the restaurant by members of the United Methodist Church choir.
Good works must be imbedded in Edna's genes, and she seems to have followed in her brother, Robert Erhart's, footsteps. Erhart received the Citizen of the Year Award in 2004.