Weekly Roundup: George Cox is Citizen of the Year, churches come together for Day of Service

In other news, Central Elementary School fifth grader Kevin Hoff won The Haddon Fortnightly spelling bee

Nicholas Adkins, 4, helps his mom Trish stir a pot of ground beef. Nicholas and his big sisters Lily, 10, and Chloe, 7, volunteered at the Haddonfield Council of Churches Day of Service on Jan. 16.

Lifetime Haddonfield resident and retired Haddon Fire Company №1 chief George Cox was named the 2017 Haddonfield Citizen of the Year at the Mayor’s Breakfast last week. On Martin Luther King Jr. Day, the Haddonfield Council of Churches brought more than 100 volunteers together for a Day of Service. Catch up on the top stories of the week in the weekly roundup.

George Cox named Citizen of the Year

Lifetime Haddonfield resident George Cox was unaware he would be the center of attention at the Mayor’s Breakfast on Jan. 14. The longtime Haddonfield Celebrations Association volunteer and retired fire chief of Haddon Fire Company №1 was chosen as the 45th recipient of the Haddonfield Citizen of the Year Award. Cox said he was floored when he found out he was Citizen of the Year.

Mayor Kasko gives State of the Borough Address

Mayor Jeff Kasko gave the State of the Borough Address at the annual Mayor’s Breakfast on Jan. 14. The Lions Club of Haddonfield hosts the event each year. This is the fourth address Kasko has given as mayor. His term ends in May.

Day of Service draws more than 100 volunteers

The Haddonfield Council of Churches comes together every year to host a Day of Service in honor of Martin Luther King Jr. Day. Volunteers gathered at First Presbyterian Church on Jan. 16 before heading out to service events, which included helping at local animal shelters, food pantries, parks and more. “It’s been a great way for the churches in town to work together,” First Presbyterian Pastor Bill Getman said. “We always have way more people than we do places to go. It’s a nice problem to have.”

Central Elementary’s Kevin Hoff wins spelling bee

The Haddon Fortnightly hosted its annual fifth grade spelling bee on Jan. 19, and Central Elementary School’s Kevin Hoff came away the winner after correctly spelling the word “treatment.” The competition included 39 students from Central Elementary, Elizabeth Haddon Elementary School, J. Fithian Tatem Elementary School, Haddonfield Friends School and Christ the King Regional School. Alex Nuckols came in second place, and Mia Soper finished third.