Middlesex – The 16th Annual Middlesex Citizen Appreciation Day will be held from 2 to 4 p.m. Aug. 4 at the Middlesex Fire Hall, 5537 Water St. The program is sponsored jointly by the Town of Middlesex, the Middlesex Heritage Group and the Middlesex Fire Department. This year’s honorees include Donna Alexander, (Penn Yan), Robert Ostrander, MD (Rushville) and Claire Slack (Middlesex).
Donna Paddock Alexander is the daughter of Elden and Mary Paddock, born in January 1939. She married Bert Alexander in 1963.
Alexander is a life-long resident of the Penn Yan and Middlesex area. She graduated from Penn Yan Academy and Green Mountain College. She was employed by the Yates County Association for Handicapped Citizens for many years.
Alexander was an active volunteer. She was elected to the Marcus Whitman Board of Education in 1977; was the president from June of 1980 to 1986, and continued to serve through 1989. She was a member of the Middlesex Planning Board and Board of Trustees of Yates County History Society in the 1990s.
In 2004, Alexander was elected to the Yates County Legislature and served through 2013. She was chair of the Public Safety Committee for five years. She is a member of the Middlesex Heritage Group, Yates County History Center, Daughters of the American Revolution, and the American Legion Auxiliary.
Dr. Robert Ostrander was born and raised in Clifton Springs, where he graduated from Midlakes High School in 1977. After high school graduation he was accepted into the first class of a newly combined six-year medical program with Union College in Schenectady and Albany Medical College. He transferred to Upstate Medical College in 1981 where he met his wife, Maribeth, did his Family Medicine Residency at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Syracuse from 1983 to 1986, and set out to look for a place where he could be a “country doctor.”
Ostrander has practiced family medicine in the Rushville/Middlesex community since 1986. He was named Family Physician of the Year in 2002 by the New York State Academy of Family Physicians, served as President of the N.Y.S. Academy of Family Physicians in 2016 and 2017, a diplomat of the American Board of Family Medicine, and Fellow of the American Academy of Family Physicians.
Claire Slack (1921–2005), was the daughter of Albert and Anna Butler and married Alvin Slack in October 1942.
Slack was a life-long volunteer in the Town of Middlesex. She was a major contributor to the American Legion Auxiliary, the Middlesex Heritage Group and a volunteer at the Friendship House. In addition, she was a Girl Scout leader for many years and a member of St. Mary’s Parrish. She was also a respected employee of the Middlesex Valley Schools for 20 years.
The Middlesex Citizen Appreciation Day was initiated in 1973. In 2004, a group of citizens including Town Board members, businessmen, and firemen established the program as an Annual Appreciation Day. To date, a total of 49 citizens have been honored.
The Middlesex Heritage Museum is located in the Town Hall at 1216 Route 245 in the Town of Middlesex, New York, and specializes in local history. It is open on Wednesday mornings from 9 a.m. to noon.