The award is given each year to a resident of the town of Poultney who has contributed to the betterment of the Poultney community, provided continuing outstanding service to the community, and who demonstrates the true spirit of service, qualities representing the finest ideals of citizenship in the Poultney area. 

Krista Rupe is 2023’s Citizen of the Year!

The citizen of the year has been awarded to Krista Rupe. She has done many things over the years, co-president of the Poultney Historical Society, helps plan the East Poultney Day, Vice President of the Stone Valley Arts Center, President of the Horace Greeley Foundation, where she secures book authors for the annual Writer’s Symposium. Member of the Poultney Rotary Club, serves on the Public Image Committee doing the marketing of the region. Aids in the planning of the Poultney Chili Cook-off. Proudly aided in the planning of and completion of the Slate Quarry Park. Some of you will remember her voice as a DJ on the Lakes Region Radio. She was also Executive director of the Slate Valley Museum in Granville, NY where she currently is a research consultant for the museum. She is also skilled in grant writing and marketing. Her experience and education has piqued interest in Intergenerational Learning as well as keeping local history alive by her planning of events.

Past Citizen of the Year Recipients

2023
Krista Rupe

2022
Rebecca Cook

2021
Poultney Fish and Game Club

2020
T. Daniel “Dan” Williams

2019
Mary Lee Harris

2018
Ida Mae Johnson

2017
Josephine “Jo” S. Williams

2016
Jonas Rosenthal

2015
Jaime Milazzo

2014
Poultney Fire Department
(Poultney Hose Co. No. 1)

2013
Sheila H. Nichols

2012
Jeff Roberts

2011
Valerie Broughton

2010
Kathy Hutson

2009
Ann DeBonis

2008
Una Jean Capman

2007
Robert N. “Bob” Williams, Jr.

2006
Maurice H. “Moe” Wade

2005
Ernest “Ernie” DeMatties

2004
Ruth W. Czar

2003
Mike & Sheryl Porrier

2002
Edward Lewis

2001
Russell I. Williams, Jr.

2000
David & Maureen Capman

1999
Charles & Evelyn “Evie” Monroe

1998
William D. “Doc” Williams

1997
Vera Foley

1996
Charles “Chuck” & Katie Colvin

1995
William Henry Gardner

1994
William “Bill” DeBonis

1993
Helen & Lloyd Jones, Janice Edwards, & Gladys Jean Riggs

1992
Vincent & Beverly Drake

1991
Kay (Bertilino) Potter Davis

1990
M. Raymond “Ray” Roberts