MIDDLETOWN – Phillip Wines has been named the town’s Citizen of the Year.
The Town Council voted for Wines at Monday night’s meeting.
Wines, 29, has worked in maintenances in the town’s Public Works Department since November. He is a lifelong town resident and volunteer, said Mayor Charles Harbaugh.
“Anyone who has attended any of Middletown’s wonderful events the last eight or nine years have noticed all of the hard work and effort Phil puts into these events,” Harbaugh said.
Wines is involved in many things, including the car show, tree lighting, and luminaries events.
“He assists with setting up and tear-down for Veterans Memorial events and the Farm to Table event. He has mowed countless people’s yards for free in town,” Harbaugh said.
Wines also serves on the 4th of July Committee.
Wines was flattered at being in the company of others who have been named Citizen of the Year.
“It’s pretty exciting to be compared to those people,” Wines said, especially since many of them have been older with many more years of service,
“I have always tried to do what I could. I care about the town that I grew up in, and it’s nice to put myself to use and make the town a better place.”
Wines previously worked for NW Works where he supported finding employment for adults with disabilities.
“His life, so far, has been marked by service,” Harbaugh said.
Council members also voted to give Sherando High School graduating senior Sarah Byram the town’s $250 educational scholarship.
“She has a 4.33 GPA but it’s more than that,” Harbaugh said.
Byram has been a member of the high school’s Future Farmers of America program. She has been a National Honor Society officer, played volleyball, and has been a tutor, Harbaugh pointed out.
All of that made her application stand out, he said, adding that a check presentation will be made to Byram June 2 at Sherando High School, he said.