COUDERSPORT — Although the COVID-19 pandemic delayed the event for six months, the American Legion Post #192 made its presentation of Citizen of the Year and Legionnaire of the Year this past Sunday.
The brief, lightly attended event honored Legion member Robert “Bud” Toombs and and Susan Kefover. Both were chosen by committee for this year’s honor.
Typically, the event is celebrated in March with dinner involving about 120 guests, said Adjutant Ted Parsell. When the shutdown happened, the celebration was postponed and revamped.
Toombs is the longest serving member of the Potter Post, having joined 69 years ago, said John Orlowski, post commander.
Toombs enlisted in the U.S. Army, serving during the Korean Conflict, serving from 1951-1953.
After his discharge, Toombs earned his degree and taught high school for 38 years at Northern Potter School District. He was a long-time volunteer at the town pool.
“It is indeed an honor,” Toombs said on receiving the certificate and plaque.
Kefover, a Potter County native, completed her fifth term as county commissioner in 2019. She received a Bachelor of Arts degree in English from Lock Haven University. As commissioner, she focused on government and economic development, revitalizing communities, human services delivery, criminal justice reform, education and workforce development, health care and supporting veterans.
Kefover serves as a trustee of Mansfield University and assists the Northern Tier Regional Planning and Development Commission.
She and her husband, Jay, live in Galeton.
“This honor is very special to me because this organization upholds the greatest ideals of this nation and for brotherhood and sisterhood of the organization,” Kefover said. “This I proudly accept and keep up the good work.”