BIG RUN — Despite rumors to the contrary, a Big Run Citizen of The Year was chosen during Sunday’s 19th annual Spring Peepers Banquet at the War Memorial.
Robin A. McKee was named as the recipient of the “Robert L. ‘BoBo’ Davis Award” by the banquet committee according to Mayor Joseph Buterbaugh, who also served as the emcee for Sunday’s festivities.
McKee is not a Big Run native, Buterbaugh said, but has been a active person in the community since she arrived, having served as a Sunday School teacher and actively helping with the Big Run Food Bank.
Buterbaugh said McKee was also a very active member of the PTA when Big Run Elementary School was still open, as well as a past president of the BETA Sorority, with which she is still very active.
“We had to do a little improvising to get her here tonight, with a little inside help from her son, Patrick, who told her he was going to give a speech on recycling,” Buterbaugh said.
McKee said she enjoyed her time with the PTA, and that her daughter, Lauren, was a member of the last fifth-grade class when the school closed. Lauren is now a sophomore at Slippery Rock University.
“Everyone is important when you live in a small town like Big Run,” McKee said. “The community has to work together: The churches, organizations such as the Big Run Volunteer Fire Company, Big Run BETAS and all of the auxiliaries.
“When I first moved here, people said the phones had just changed from having to call people with a three-digit number,” McKee said.
But, she noted, Big Run has come a long way since then.
“I’ve lived here 27 years, and Big Run is now my hometown, since I’ve lived here longer than anywhere else,” said McKee, who is married to Wayne McKee. “I want to thank everyone who voted for me to be the Citizen of the Year.”