Citizen of the Year committee announces 'Heart and Soul' winners

Robin believes that everyone needs help sometime. She always had someone helping her when she needed something. She is very gratified by what she does, feeling that she gets back more than she gives. Robin will argue that she does not do this single handedly, but, I don’t think I could handle 400 baskets in my house at Christmas time, could you?

Julie Sharpe has been referred to as the “Mayor of Genesee Street”, a title she holds proudly. Living on Genesee Street, Julie walked and talked to everyone. She helped whoever and whenever she could, minding shops, going to the bank , etc., “runner extraordinaire.” But, Julie is known mostly for her compassion toward others, especially the sick and aging. She has cooked meals, taken people to appointments, given massages, and, just plain “been there” when someone needed anything.

Julie explains that she is a “mere reflection of my parents’ behavior.” At an early age, she was taught to see need and to address it. Her basic philosophy is: “pity the person who can’t step off their path when they see someone in need.”

Julie is now that person in need, she is fighting a difficult battle. I hope that others will follow Julie’s example and give her a few moments of their time, a good word, a kind gesture. She feels that whatever you put in you get out. I hope she is right.

For information and tickets for the dinner on Oct. 17, call the chamber office at 685-0552.

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