Ceremony to honor Copeland
By Ryan Cornell
Three-term Middletown mayor and longtime councilman John Copeland will be honored at a special ceremony this weekend.
Copeland, who has been in public service since 1976, retired this fall.
On Sunday, the Middletown Heritage Society will present Copeland with the Gene Dicks award recognizing his contributions and service to the town.
Dicks served as Middletown’s mayor from 1958 to 1962 and from 2004 to 2008. He died in 2011.
Previous winners of the award have included John Hoffman, Leo Bernstein and Mildred Brumback.
Tess Klimm, president of the Middletown Heritage Society, said Copeland was instrumental in starting the heritage society and helping the town grow.
“This is not an award that is given annually,” she said. “It’s only given to who is perceived as earning it, so it truly is an honor to receive it.”
The event is open to the public and will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday at the Wayside Inn. There will be light refreshments offered.
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