M A Y O R ' S. A W A R D
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On Tuesday, January 18, we had the distinguished honor of recognizing the Town's annual Mayor's Award of Excellence recipient, Wes Choplin.
Wes is best known for being the owner and Chef of Choplin's: Steak & Seafood, where every day he serves countless patrons.
It's no secret that good food can put a smile on anyone's face, but during the first few months of the COVID-19 pandemic, Wes found a way to make his food and the subsequent smiles go a little further.
He and his team took it upon themselves to serve meals to students who had been relegated to online learning. Throughout the 2020-2021 school year, they averaged 700 meals weekly that families could either pick up or have delivered.
Wes said that he started this initiative to give students a sense of normalcy and something to look forward to. Many students were left with feelings of uncertainty when the pandemic began, unable to see their classmates and friends, and younger schoolchildren didn't fully understand why circumstances had become so strange.