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REYNOLDSVILLE â€” The Reynoldsville Area Business Association bestowed its Citizen of the Year award upon local resident Jackie Stitt at the organizationâ€™s Eighth Annual Holiday Gala at the Bellamauro Social Hall this past Sunday.
It also distributed two college scholarships and recognized a retiring community businessperson before the afternoon was over.
â€śThis award is given out to honor and reinforce the activity of an exceptionally caring citizen whose services and performances have positively contributed to the quality and life of Reynoldsville,â€ť said Sarah Caltagarone, the president of the Reynoldsville Area Business Association.
The recognition was awarded to Jackie Stitt, who Caltagarone said is â€śvery active in our community, enthusiastically involved in numerous organizations that benefit the Reynoldsville area and always ready to help people in our community.â€ť
Stitt has volunteered with a number of local organizations, including local TLC groups. She has also helped with a booth on Main Street during Homecoming, has prepared and delivered meals to people in need, is a member of a few choirs, has spent years as a Sunday school teacher, is a member of the local election board and works a part-time job alongside her volunteer work, among other accomplishments and activities in the local community.
Upon receiving the award, Stitt said, â€śItâ€™s an honor ... How could I not feel that way when I live in Reynoldsville? I have not found anybody who I havenâ€™t liked. I grew up here. I was born here in town, and this is what it is: itâ€™s a great town, and I wouldnâ€™t live anyplace else.â€ť
She thanked her family and her friends for their support of her efforts in the community.
The Reynoldsville Area Business Association also recognized Pat Gordon, the owner of the Corner Cupboard Antique Shop in Reynoldsville, who will be retiring and closing up the store at the end of December.
Gordon was awarded a plaque commemorating 17 years of business in the town.
Two $500 college scholarships were also handed out to local students Melinda Schuckers, a psychology major at Clarion University, and Erin Royer, a healthcare policy and administration major at Pennsylvania State University who was unable to attend the gala on Sunday but sent a letter expressing her appreciation.
The Clarion University Lift Every Voice Gospel Choir and mime team provided entertainment for the afternoon.
The Reynoldsville Area Business Association is an organization that exists to support businesses in the local area and serve as an alliance between them.