Local woman receives Presidential Citizens Medal -- read Senator O'Mara's statement, watch White House ceremony

Thomas F. O'Mara

October 20, 2011

Elmira, N.Y., October 20—State Senator Tom O’Mara (R-C, Big Flats) released the following statement today on President Barack Obama’s awarding of the nation’s second-highest civilian honor, the Presidential Citizens Medal, to Camilla “Milly” Bloomquist of Yates County:

“What a well-deserved and well-earned honor for Milly Bloomquist, and for her family, friends and fellow volunteers.  Milly has quietly been a force for good in Yates County across the past three decades.  She’s been a steady and amazing source of comfort and caring for so many children and families in need.  She’s made all the difference in their lives.  Now she’s a beacon of good citizenship for the world and we couldn’t be prouder.  On behalf of the residents of the Finger Lakes and Southern Tier, I’m pleased to extend our best wishes and deep gratitude.”

Read more here in the Syracuse Post-Standard.

Watch and listen to yesterday's White House ceremony.

Read the full White House release.

And the following local stories from the past few weeks:

The Chronicle Express:    http://www.chronicle-express.com/topstories/x617626763/Milly-Bloomquist-...
Democrat & Chronicle:  http://www.democratandchronicle.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=2011111012045
Wham 13:  http://www.13wham.com/news/local/story/milly-bloomquist-president-barack...