The 15th Annual Middlesex Citizen Appreciation Day will be held from 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 5 at the Middlesex FireHall, 5537 Water St. The program is sponsored jointly by the Town of Middlesex, the Middlesex Heritage Group and the Middlesex Fire Department.
This year’s honorees include Wilfred “Wil” Kennedy, Anne Button Arnold, George E. King, and Ronald G. Spike.
Kennedy was born in 1916, the only son of John and Florence Kennedy. He was the Valedictorian of his class of Middlesex High School. He then graduated from RIT with an Electrical Engineering degree in 1941. Wil owned a successful grape farm in Middlesex. He purchased Kennedy Chevrolet in 1947 and owned the dealership until 1962. Wil was an outstanding conservationist from 1973 through 1978. He was State Chairman of the Fish and Wildlife Management Board and in 1982, was recognized as “New York State Conservationist of the Year.” For 63 years he was the devoted husband of Harriett (Dunton) and the father of John and Kathleen Kennedy Manning. He was also a member of the Marcus Whitman School Board and a member of the Middlesex Methodist Church.
Arnold is the daughter of Leon and Mabel Button and a graduate of Middlesex Valley Central School and Geneva School of Nursing. Anne married Frank A. Arnold in 1951, and is the mother of Judith Ann (deceased), Lynn Arton of Penn Yan, and Suzie Reifsteck of Canandaigua. She is the grandmother of six and great-grandmother of seven. In addition to spending time with her family and living on a farm, she volunteered with many local organizations, including the Middlesex Ambulance, Sirenettes, Friendship House, Vine Valley Community House, Vine Valley UME Church and the Overacker Cemetery Association.Anne was employed for many years as a nurse working at F.F. Thompson Hospital, Ontario County Nursing Home and Elm Manor Nursing Home. She also served as a reading aide at Marcus Whitman Central School.