OLMSTED FALLS, Ohio – A true leader.
It’s a description of Olmsted Falls Citizen of the Year this year.
Joe Duffy received the honor on Fall Day in the Park on Sunday. Mayor Jim Graven said Joe received five nominations. The annual award is presented to someone who has demonstrated significant dedication and volunteer or philanthropic effort, which in turn brings âsignificantâ value to the community.
âWe received several nominations for highly qualified people, indicating how much heart we have in Olmsted Falls,â Graven read to those present at the ceremony. “But one nomination clearly stood out from the crowd – Joe Duffy.”
Graven also said that each of the five nominations Joe received offered a “unique perspective” of the impact he was having on others in the community, but he read some of the statements Mary Golier wrote in his nomination.
She wrote that Joe donates his time and talents to any type of job that needs to be done, whether the task is big or small. She said Joe is a âwelcomingâ personality and makes others feel important, needed and valued.
âThe youth of the Olmsted Community Church look to him as a natural leader and mentor. Although this is not a role he âofficiallyâ occupies, he accepts it with enthusiasm, âshe wrote.
Mary mentioned the trip Joe made for Lotts Creek, Kentucky, each year in which Joe takes several young people. It âactivelyâ seeks them out and encourages their participation. She said the trip, which is the âhighlightâ of the summer for the kids, offers âmeaningful experiences for them,â which wouldn’t happen without Joe’s participation.
âHe also gives to adults, supporting people in any way he can,â she wrote. âNo job is too big or too small. He continually demonstrates his Bulldog pride and Olmsted Falls is lucky to have him!
At 35, Joe is one of the youngest, if not the youngest, recipient of Citizen of the Year. When Graven announced his name, he said he was “completely surprised”.
âI wondered why my mom was asking me all these weird questions a few months ago about what I had done in the community,â he said. “Now I understand.”
He said the trips to Kentucky helped the Appalachian region receive much-needed help, such as repairing houses, tarring 95-degree roofs, building porches and cleaning up the community school, which is the last. of the 100 colonization schools created in the Appalachians. He has been making the annual trips since 2011.
âThey can’t afford to hire someone,â Joe said. âWe went there recently in the winter to bring toiletries, things they need and gifts for the holidays. They are always so happy to see us.
Joe, who also umpires baseball, said he grew up in the community.
âIt’s a way for me to give back to the community,â he said. âI like to involve the children and have them help the community, which they can be proud of. “
Graven ended his presentation by saying that the award is a âtestament to the dedication and volunteerism of our communityâ.
âAnd with people like Joe Duffy, I would say the future of Olmsted Falls is in good hands,â Graven said.
Many would agree with this. Congratulations, Joe. We appreciate your dedication to the community.
Special thanks to the town for having the CLE Market as vendors at Falls Day in the Park and so many other activities – and food choices – available throughout the three hour festivities.
Rosary rally: The month of October for Roman Catholics is dedicated to the Holy Rosary.
St. Mary of the Falls Catholic Church, like many others around the world, will host a community praying the Rosary at noon on October 9 in front of the statue of the Blessed Virgin Mary on Columbia Road. Participants are requested to arrive at 11:30 am
CLE market: CLE Market vendors galore will be in front of the Convenient Food Mart on Greenbrooke Plaza from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on October 10. The address is 26918 Cook Road, Olmsted Township.
You will find something for everyone at the CLE open-air market, which fills almost the entire parking lot in the square. Help small businesses that sell great products.
Boo event: The Township of Olmsted invites the community from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. on October 17 to its Boo-Thru Spooktacular at the Township of Olmsted Fire Hall, 26900 Cook Road. You will have all the fun of its traditional Halloween security open house in your car. It’s a drive-thru from the fire station. And it’s free.
You’ll enjoy bags of goodies, hot chocolate, cider, take-out crafts, a virtual costume contest, photo ops, and our very own Angelina Pizza. You are requested to bring non-perishable food to benefit our Christians in Action pantry.
More fall fun: The Olmsted Falls Park and Recreation Council invites everyone to its Olmsted Fall-O-Ween Gathering at Grand Pacific Junction. It’s 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. on October 24. This Trick & Trunk or Treating through Grand Pacific Junction will feature goodies, characters, shows, Magician Magic Blake, Imaginos Dinosaur Show in the wedding garden and a food truck.
Photographer Amy Quinlan will be present at the festival and will offer a free photoshoot for the children. Parents can order photo kits from its website. She will be in the Junction lookout throughout the event.
Reserve your parking space for your car or truck at https://bit.ly/2YkME9C.
More details on this event in next week’s column.
Trunk or treat: Keep October 27 open on your calendar.
The Sprenger Health Care Village of the Falls will be offering a chest or treat from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m. on October 27 on its campus. Businesses, organizations and residents can participate.
Chest or treat: participants decorate the trunk of their vehicle and distribute treats to children who walk from car to car. This will be in the property’s parking lot, 25920 Elm Street in Olmsted Falls. It will also offer music and a bake sale with proceeds going to Olmsted’s community outreach program.
Trick or Treaters owes Misty RSVP by calling 440-235-1096 by October 22.
Halloween Vote: It is almost time for the votes.
The chamber invited the community to decorate their yards and homes to enter its contest and win cash prizes, a trophy, social media recognition and bragging rights. They have until Saturday, October 9 to do so. The chamber will post a driving map that day on its social media sites so people can drive by and figure out what their scariest favorites are. They will then vote online until October 31.
The card will be at olmstedchamber.org and on the chamber’s Facebook page.
Raking leaves: Community residents who need help cleaning their leaf gardens can register for the special Gardening Fee Day on November 13th.
Many youth groups will volunteer their time to help others at this event.
Residents of Olmsted Falls and the Township of Olmsted can contact Sandra Graham at 440-235-2588 or email her at [email protected] to register for this free program. Please note that in last week’s printed column her email address was incorrect. Make sure to put gmail.com on his e-mail address.
The Township of Olmsted is also in the process of creating a list of triage fees. Call 440-235-3099 or email [email protected] for assistance with your property.
Information, please: To include news, treats, honors or activities in Olmsted Falls and Olmsted Township, contact Joanne DuMound at [email protected]. She’s also on Twitter, @JoanneDuMound. The online version of the column at cleveland.com/olmsted has direct links for many news.
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