Alice Vervais named Harpersfield's Citizen of the Year

Shown (from left) at the Citizen of the Year awards are Jim Pristov, Sharon Rohrbaugh, Cliff Henry, Alice Vervais and Ray Gruber (Jr.)

HARPERSFIELD TOWNSHIP — The Harpersfield Township Trustees have named Alice Vervais as Citizen of the Year.

Township Trustees Jim Pristov, Ray Gruber and Cliff Henry voted unanimously in December to present her with the award, which they presented to her at their Jan. 15 meeting.

Along

with her husband Dave, Vervais has lived her entire life in Harpersfield. The couple are former grape growers in the township.

Alice is known for being the township’s neighborhood watchdog. All three trustees said she spends countless hours cleaning up her neighborhood and works every year on township cleanup day.

“Alice Vervais is a true steward to the environment and her community,” Gruber said. “She is known for her passion for stray cats and dogs and tries to find homes for them whenever she can.”

She attended Cork Elementary School and graduated from Geneva High School in 1966 before continuing her education at Kent State University.

“She is dedicated to this community,” Pristov said. “She’s truly a great resident. She helps with almost

every event we have, especially the dinners.

She’s known to even help us clean up scrap metal on Cleanup Day. She’s an ardent backer of the township and definitely earned the Citizen of the Year Award.”

Henry, who first nominated Vervais, said she means a lot to the township.

“We’re very pleased

to have named her Citizen of the Year,” he said. “She does things for the township and never asks for anything in return. We’re very happy to honor her this way.”

Vervais never hesitates when called upon to work at community events, like the Firemen’s Beef Roast, Friends of the Park events and the Fireman and Ladies’ Auxiliary Fish Fry, which takes place every Lenten season. She was also a former auxiliary member of the Northwest Ambulance District (NAD).

She said she truly appreciated the Citizen of the Year honor.

“I feel I’m in

good company with past recipients of

the award,” Vervais said.

She also served as

the secretary of the NAD Auxiliary

for several years and is now an honorary

member of the organization.

“Alice is someone who willingly contributes to the township without seeking any

recognition,” Gruber said. “She has a certain passion you don’t

normally see when it comes to her

community. She is a very worthy individual for the Citizen of the Year Award.” 

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