By WARREN DILLAWAY - firstname.lastname@example.org
LENOX TOWNSHIP —
Almost 90 years have come and gone since area residents began to gather once a year to have a meal and enjoy each other’s company, said Keith Camp, president of the Lenox Homecoming Committee and township zoning administrator.
“We moved here in 1961,” said Kitty Tobie. She said she loves the “good country life and (the) nice people.”
“The whole community works together to do this,” Camp said of the event that draws about 100 people to the township community center for a meal and fellowship.
Six people from the Lenox High School class of 1959 were honored and Wynn Wessell received the Lenox Township Citizen of the Year award.
Wessell recently retired as a township trustee and is presently the plant supervisor at Metal Sales in Jefferson, according to the committee that presented the honor. He also has been a member of the Lenox Township Zoning Board of Appeals and worked as zoning inspector.
Wessell has also served as a member of the South Central Ambulance District Board of Directors.
He has also been involved in the Ashtabula County Fair and the 4-H movement for more than 40 years beginning with his involvement as a participant.
Barbara Hamilton, the 2012 recipient, presented Wessell with his plaque and a key to the township. “We get to keep the key and the plaque,” she said with a laugh.
Wessell said the award was unexpected, but it was an honor to be named with former recipients of the award. He said he was born across the border in New Lyme Township, but remembers coming to the Lenox Homecoming when he was a child.
He said there were a lot of activities for children when he was growing up.
Camp served as the master of ceremonies for the event. He said the theme of the 2013 Lenox Homecoming was the Lenox Cornet Band Wagon.
The Lenox Cornet Band was organized in 1861 by “Hub” King until he moved to Nebraska in 1882, according to information retrieved from newspapers of the time period.
“In 1865 the Band Wagon was built for a price of $450,” the event program states. It was recently donated to the Jefferson Depot Village.
Camp said the organizing committee begins meeting in April to plan the event. “This is the 89th year,” he said.
“People like to get together and reminisce,” said Linda Springer, treasurer of the committee.
“I mailed out 300 postcards. Anyone who has ever signed up (for the event), and is still alive, gets a postcard,” Camp said.
“We get people from a lot of different states. We have people from Florida,” he said.