Local historian honored as Mansfield Citizen of the Year

MANSFIELD – Joyce M. Tice, a local historian who started what has become a huge online resource that spans five counties in two states, was honored during the 28th annual recognition banquet on May 22 with the Max Colegrove “Citizen of the Year” award.

Tice also recently opened a historical museum, called the History Center on Main Street, that houses some of her massive collection of historical items from the Twin Tiers.

Joyce was nominated for and will receive The Heritage Partnership Award through the PA Route 6 Alliance.

That award is “presented to a group, person or organization that has demonstrated excellence in historic preservation, cultural preservation, interpretation and/ or education through cross corridor thinking and inter-agency cooperation,” according to the Heritage Partnership.

Tice’s work on the History Center more than qualifies her for the award.

Colegrove, who was active in community service during his lifetime, also founded a “shopper” newspaper called the Mansfield Penny-Saver, which remains popular today.

He was a charter member of the Kiwanis Club, an active member of the chamber of commerce, a past commander of the Austin Cox Post of the American Legion, and for many years served as president of borough council.

Colegrove’s son, Richard, who runs the Penny-Saver, and his daughter, Mary Jane Taylor, of Shippensburg, along with grandson Elliot Colegrove, were on hand to present Tice with the plaque. Her name also will be added to a larger plaque containing the names of previous honorees.

The first Citizen of the Year was Helen D. Cleveland in 1987. Other honorees include local historian Chester F. Bailey, 1989; the late Jack Wilcox, former drama professor at Mansfield University here, 1999; and former District Judge Eleanor Trask, 2009.

Mayor Tom Wierbowski, who served as the event emcee, called Tice an “Energizer bunny” who has worked hard “creating a legacy for all of us and our future.”

Barb McConnell, daughter of former honoree Chester Bailey, said “she has the desire to keep history alive.”

“We have a rich history. It is a great place to be,” a beaming Tice remarked.

Several of Tice’s classmates from high school and college also expressed their pride and excitement for her.