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ABA officially honors Judy Fry



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ABA CITIZEN OF THE YEAR JUDY FRY sits with a bouquet of flowers alongside friends, family and community members at an awards ceremony Thursday evening. Weston Sager. (click for larger version)
October 12, 2010
ALTON — Alton resident Judy Fry is accustomed to logging innumerable hours of community service.

What she may not be accustomed to is getting so much recognition for her efforts.

But last Thursday at Main Street Café and Bistro, the Alton Business Association officially named Fry as Citizen of the Year for her tireless work as a volunteer in the community. Fry was awarded a plaque, a picture of the B&M Railroad Park, flowers and appreciative remarks and gifts from members of the community in a "lively" celebration.

The 30 friends, family and community members there agreed the award was more than appropriate for someone who had served as the longtime chair of the Downtown Revitalization Committee (DRC) and participated in a myriad of local community service projects.

Fry is the second recipient of the ABA Citizen of the Year award. Nominations for Citizen of the Year are made by a fellow resident and are submitted to the ABA committee for consideration.

"We wanted to do something in recognition of the town," said Chris Racine, chair of the ABA. "And it's always a good group of nominees."

In August, Fry decided to cease meetings for the DRC. During its seven-year existence, the committee oversaw the extensive renovation of the B&M Railroad Park in Alton Village.

Now that Fry has wrapped up her work with the DRC, she hopes to "get her life back in order" and tend to her tree farm business.

In addition to her service to the DRC, Fry has volunteered for town cleanup projects, cared for a two-mile long hiking trail around Knight's Pond, and supported the East Alton Fire Association.

Main Street Café and Bistro, owned by Sandra Drapeau, hosted the event and provided a spread of fruit, cheese and other finger foods for the attendees. The restaurant is open from 6 a.m. to 1 p.m. daily, right next to Fiddlehead Farms grocery on Main Street in Alton.

The ABA is also coordinating a "Scarecrow Showcase" for October. It is not a contest, but a "community event" that encourages people to creatively construct scarecrows in front of their homes and businesses.

For more information about the "Scarecrow Showcase" and other ABA-sponsored events, contact Roger Sample at 630-3675.

Weston Sager can be reached at 569-3126 or wsager@salmonpress.com

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