Honors: Community work, service lauded

Two area residents received deserving honors for their work in promoting democracy this week. At the annual meeting of the League of Women Voters of Chautauqua County, Judi Lutz Woods and Stephen Keefe were recognized for their efforts and community mindedness.

Keefe was honored with the Laura Paul Award for Service to Democracy. Besides currently serving as president of the Chautauqua County Rural Ministry, he also served as Fredonia mayor and county legislator. In addition, he also plays a key role in the Fredonia-Pomfret Democratic Committee, choosing candidates and helping in fund-raising.

Woods, a retired social worker, is outspoken and — most importantly — enthusiastic and a true believer of the northern Chautauqua County community. She earned Leaguer of the Year honors.

In an era where dialogue on political issues can be drowned out by name-calling and labels, the county League of Women Voters continues its work on educating the residents on the issues. That’s a tough job in these days.

Our congratulations to the recipients. They both have a heart of gold.