Patterson awarded citizen of year, Mardis recognized

| April 27, 2016
Awards presented: Former Mayor of West Lafayette Jack Patterson (fourth from left) was presented with the Citizen of the Year award at the annual West Lafayette Chamber of Commerce dinner held at the First Baptist Church in West Lafayette on Tuesday evening, April 26. Former Chief of Police Terry Mardis (second from left) was honored with a Meritorious Service plaque. Ed Chapdelaine, (far right) vice president of the chamber, presented the awards. The honorees were given a plaque, a print and a proclamation. West Lafayette Mayor Steve Bordenkircher also read a proclamation and presented it to the men on behalf of the village of West Lafayette. Also pictured is George Leech, (center) who will serve as the Grand Marshall of the Homecoming Parade on July 29 and West Lafayette Chamber President Oren Griffith (far left). Beacon photo by Mark Fortune

Awards presented: Former Mayor of West Lafayette Jack Patterson (fourth from left) was presented with the Citizen of the Year award at the annual West Lafayette Chamber of Commerce dinner held at the First Baptist Church in West Lafayette on Tuesday evening, April 26. Former Chief of Police Terry Mardis (second from left) was honored with a Meritorious Service plaque. Ed Chapdelaine, (far right) vice president of the chamber, presented the awards. The honorees were given a plaque, a print and a proclamation. West Lafayette Mayor Steve Bordenkircher also read a proclamation and presented it to the men on behalf of the village of West Lafayette. Also pictured is George Leech, (center) who will serve as the Grand Marshall of the Homecoming Parade on July 29 and West Lafayette Chamber President Oren Griffith (far left). Beacon photo by Mark Fortune

WEST LAFAYETTE – Former Mayor of West Lafayette Jack Patterson was awarded the Citizen of the Year Award at the annual West Lafayette Chamber of Commerce dinner held at the First Baptist Church in West Lafayette on Tuesday evening, April 26. The meal was served by Schumaker Farms with around 50 in attendance.

Chamber President Oren Griffith said that, “We (West Lafayette) may be small in stature, but we are large in heart.”

Plans were announced for the homecoming, which will be held on July 28, 29 and 30 with the theme being, “Coal is King.” George Leech, who worked in the coal mines for 35 years, will serve as the Parade Grand Marshall.

Eric Taggert talked about events at the library and everyone in attendance introduced themselves including the West Lafayette Homecoming Court. The queen and her court were each presented with a white rose and applauded for their contribution to the village during their reign.

Terry Mardis, who retired as the Chief of Police in February of this year after serving for 11 years, was presented with a Meritorious Service plaque.

Newly elected Mayor of West Lafayette Steve Bordenkircher presented both Patterson and Mardis with a proclamation and said, “I love living here and consider it a privilege to be your mayor. I appreciate all that you do on behalf of our community and would like to recognize these two people on behalf of the village.”

Mardis said of the award, “It’s a very proud honor because West Lafayette is a great town and the people in it are just outstanding.”

Patterson said, “It is quite an honor to receive this. A total surprise. I am very, very pleased with the honors that I received. I had a lot of time devoted to the village of West Lafayette and now this makes me feel really good that they have honored me this way. I feel real good.”

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I started my journalism career in 2002 with a daily newspaper chain. After various stops with them, I am happy to be back home! I graduated from Coshocton High School in 1998 and received a Bachelor of Arts in Communication in 2002 from Walsh University. I also earned several awards while working for daily papers, including being honored by Coshocton County’s veterans for the stories I wrote about them. I am honored and ready to once again shine a positive light on Coshocton County. I also am the proud mother of a little girl named Sophia!

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