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Posted on: March 9, 2020

[ARCHIVED] McKeens Help Build Community

By Janet Murphy, Tri County News, March 5, 2020

Farm & Home owners Kim and Nancy McKeen were recently chosen as the Chilton Chamber of Commerce 2020 Citizens of the Year.

Kim and Nancy also said they were very grateful to those who nominated them for the award, and felt deeply touched and honored to be recognized. Kim added, “Of course, it goes without saying, we appreciate the Chamber. Without them, this never would have happened.” Kim, who has served as Chamber president two times over the years, currently serves on the board.

Nancy thanked the people in the community for all their support as well. She said, “Actually, this whole town is just a wonderful community to live and work in. I guess I can’t say enough about that. It’s really a great place to live.”

Kim and Nancy further expressed their appreciation for the small-town life Chilton offers, how the community feels safe, and how they find it comforting that neighbors know one another. Kim remembered back when Nancy slipped in the parking lot and ended up breaking her ankle a few years after they had moved here, and people brought food to the house and to the store.

Kim continued, “One guy made a Christmas tree ornament. He brought it to the store and said, ‘This is for the lady that fell and broke her ankle, this isn’t for the store, this is for that lady.’ And we still have it to this day. We still use it!” Nancy added, “Just the love and the outpouring here, you know, you just can’t beat it.”

The Chilton Chamber will hold a recognition banquet for the McKeens at the Eagles Club on Wednesday, March 25, at 6:00 pm, and tickets can be purchased at area banks.

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