by Lisa Tome
Charles Moore doesn't say a whole lot. He mostly just lets his wife, Betty speak for him.
"I never have a chance to say anything," joked Moore last week, when he and Betty were honored as the Citizens of the Year by the Calvert Grange.
The award is given each December to "deserving people who have positively impacted the community" - the Moores collected the award for their longterm commitment and service to Cecil County.
The couple have been married for 54 years and have operated Heritage Hill Farm near Blue Ball since 1959. The farm was formerly a dairy farm. Since 1989, it has been used for hay and grain production.
The couple joined the Calvert Grange in the 1960s and were active for many years and were both seventh degree members. In 1965, they traveled to Kansas for Grange to collect a $5,000 prize earned by Calvert. That same year, they were named Maryland's Grange Young Couple of the Year.
In addition to their grange service, both have been active with Rock Presbyterian Church all their lives. Charles has been a trustee for the church and Sharp's Cemetery. Betty has been a deacon, elder, Sunday school teacher, and is currently the church treasurer. She also is fundraising chair overseeing the church auction and Christmas bazaar.
They are active with the Cecil County Farm Bureau and are founding members of the Cecil County Farm Museum. They also helped organize the Mason Dixon Oliver Cletrac Collectors Association. Betty is also a registered nurse. She worked for the school system for 26 years before retiring.
In addition, they have three children, two grandsons, and two great grandchildren. Their son, Don, presented the award on behalf of the grange.
Betty Moore accepted the award. "He (Charles) said 'if we have to say anything you are going to say it'," said Betty. She also shared some of her memories of the early days of the grange. "I am happy that it continues today...This (award) is truly an honor. It's an honor for us to be part of this community where all you wonderful people live," she said.