One donates her own time and her own dime to enrich the lives of children; the other was a fixture on the sidelines at Whitehall-Yearling High School football games for more than three decades.

The Whitehall Community Celebration Association has named both as Citizens of the Year for 2017.

Lorna Good, a teacher at Etna Road Elementary School, and Charles "Bud" Lindstrum, a veteran and ardent supporter of local high school sports, are this year's honorees.

Both were surprised to learn of the honor when WCCA officials recognized them Oct. 28 following the organization's Halloween Walk for children at Etna Road Elementary School.

"I had no idea that I'd even been nominated. It was an exciting day," said Good, 48, who has taught fourth grade at Etna Road for 13 years.

Good has launched two school programs -- Project Cecil and React -- and donates her own time and effort to support them.

Project Cecil, named for an African lion whose slaying in Zimbabwe in July 2015 by an American hunter stirred an international firestorm, teaches students about at-risk and endangered animal species.

This year, Etna Road students painted rocks and pasted a message on the bottom of each one.

The message asks the person who discovers each rock to use the Project Cecil ROCKS Facebook page to report where and when the stone was found, to post a photo of it, then to hide it in a new location -- or keep it and replace it with a new rock.

React -- short for Reading Enrichment Aiding Comprehension through Theater -- strives to improve reading skills using theater and expression.

Good also has published a book, "Pals," set in a fictional school but using real-life Whitehall landmarks.

Good has three children, ages 14, 13 and 11.

Lindstrum, 84, is a 1951 graduate of Chillicothe High School. Many know Lindstrum as "Bud" but his alma mater provided him an alternate nickname: Chili.

After a two-year stint in the U.S. Army, Lindstrum in 1955 married Lee Anne, a 1952 graduate of Chillicothe.

They moved to Whitehall in 1955 and raised their daughter, a Whitehall graduate.

The couple still resides at the same Luddington Avenue residence.

"I enjoyed watching high school sports and became involved as a volunteer," Lindstrum said.

He helped build baseball dugouts at the high school and worked as a statistician at basketball games and track meets.

But he was probably best known as a member of the "chain gang," moving chains on the sidelines during Rams football games.

"I really enjoyed Friday nights," he said.

The WCCA this year named its selections on Oct. 28 in conjunction with National Make a Difference Day.

"It was wonderful celebrating our honorees," said Karen Conison, president of the WCCA.

The organization has named Citizens of the Year since 1969. Paul "Knobby" Knoblauch, the father of current school board member and former Whitehall City Council member Leo Knoblauch, was the first recipient.

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