Tasia Fitzpatrick is the Village of Lewiston Citizen of the Year!by jpauly
Village of Lewiston Citizen of the Year
Tasia Fitzpatrick has been chosen by Village of Lewiston Mayor Terry Collesano and Trustees as the 2015 Village of Lewiston Citizen of the Year. Tasia's commitment to the community she lives in has helped make Lewiston a better place to live, work and visit. The Mayor has recognized Tasia's efforts saying "She is always friendly and willing to help out with any project needed to make the Village a better place".
After actively looking for the
perfect home, Tasia and her husband Paul fell in love with a house on Niagara
Street along with the charm and history of the village in 2008. The next year they had moved into their
house, after making extensive renovations to bring back the original intent of
the house from three apartments back to one beautiful farmhouse. The renovations included taking out walls,
restoring woodwork and moving many original floorboards from the second floor
to the first. The house was featured in
the 2010 Lewiston Tour of Homes, and also the 2014 Tour of Kitchens showcase.
Tasia loves to make Lewiston the highlight of conversations and is proud of where she lives. She has joined the Lewiston Beautification Commission and Lewiston Garden Club with a group of five friends and enjoys bringing the extra touches to the village that people love to see from flowers to garland. They have made it their mission to look after the upkeep and adopt a garden in the village across from Academy Park. After a hard winter in 2014, more work was needed than usual to spruce up Center Street. The long winter took a toll on plants, painting, fences and more throughout the village. Tasia and her husband saw what needed to be done to tidy up and even spray painted all of the garbage cans in the Village one weekend.
Decorating has always been a passion of Tasia's. She studied Architecture in college, and although that didn't lead to her professional career, it contributed to her love of designing. She has created décor and volunteered for both the Lewiston Tour of Homes and Tour of Kitchens. In 2011, her design won an award at the Tour of Kitchens and in 2014; her design (along with design partner Susan Hofert) won again at the Tour of Homes. Over the years she has worked with friends to recreate functional spaces, designs and unique tablescapes. Her décor is known as "Rooms Re-Created by Tasia". The style is casual and comfortable with a lived in and functional look. Inspiration often comes from outdoors and using whatever elements and furniture are on hand. She loves to take items that are already used in a house and recreate a different look and style or placement of them.
Tasia and her husband Paul along with their new puppy
Duke love living in Lewiston. They enjoy
entertaining at their house and showcasing the lifestyle that Lewiston has to
offer. Every Tuesday night in the
summer, they host a "friends and family" party by providing a warm and inviting
setting for attending or listening the Artpark concerts. The friendly and
community atmosphere and events that keep the village busy are the reason they
have encouraged others to move here! As
lifetime members of the Historical Association of Lewiston and supporters of
the Lewiston Jazz Festival, Tasia and Paul have immersed themselves into
creating a wonderful quality of life in this community. Tasia commutes to
Buffalo as a Vice President Operations Manager for M&T Bank, celebrating
thirty six years in banking. Their
children Keith (Emily) and Leah (Perry) and grandchildren (Graeme and Perry III)
live in the south but love coming to visit.
The Village of Lewiston has been fortunate to have Tasia as a dedicated resident who takes pride in where she lives. The Niagara River Region Chamber of Commerce, Mayor Terry Collesano and the Village of Lewiston Trustees are proud to honor Tasia Fitzpatrick as the 2015 Village of Lewiston Citizen of the Year.