Crates named Ada’s Citizen of the Year at Town and Gown Banquet
Agnes Crates, a longtime village of Ada worker who recently turned 100 years old, was named Ada’s Distinguished Citizen of the Year at the 48th annual Town and Gown Banquet at Ohio Northern University on Monday, Nov. 4.
“Agnes may not have a lot of awards or plaques on her walls, but her trophies are the friendships she has made over the years and all the people who have been encouraged by her example and faith,” said Trent Boedicker, pastor of Grace Gospel Church, who introduced Crates as the citizen of the year. “For her birthday open house in September, there were well over 300 people in attendance. The VFW was literally filled, and it was tough finding an open chair for those who came late. That was surely a testimony to the impact her life has had on the Ada community.
Crates, who worked for the village of Ada for more than 30 years, worked in the water department and for the police department. Crates is a member of Grace Gospel Church, where she taught children’s Sunday school and vacation bible school and hosted the “Good News Clubs” in her home.
In addition to Crates' honor, many new personnel, both at the University and in the Village of Ada were introduced at the banquet. Four new businesses were recognized including The Ada Flea Market, The Family Chiropractic Center, Miss Vicki's Music Studio and Ohio Cart Parts.
The Town and Gown Association was established in 1957 by a group of townspeople and University personnel whose primary interest was to develop and maintain a strong and positive relationship between the village and the University.
In the second year of its existence in 1958, the association decided to sponsor an annual banquet at which time an individual was to be honored as the Distinguished Citizen of the Year. This tradition continues and is considered the high point of the evening’s program.