Tom Baia is the Town of Porter Citizen of the Yearby jpauly
Town of Porter Citizen of the Year
Thomas Baia has been chosen by Town of Porter Supervisor, Merton Wiepert as the 2015 Town of Porter Citizen of the Year. He has contributed to many improvements in the Town of Porter through his civic volunteerism and also serving as an elected leader for three terms.
Tom enjoys working with the other councilman, supervisor and Town employees to help make improvements to the community. Some of the notable items that he has been proud to see develop for the Town include Porter on the Lake Park, town involvement in working with CWM to make sure safety is the key for residents, and the growth that has happened within the town's recreation department. As a resident of the Town of Porter for almost fifty years, he loves the area and considers himself lucky to live in a community that is civic minded while also taking care of assets from historical to environmental. Working alongside the councilmen for the past three terms has been a privilege to Tom. He always looks forward to Town meetings and serving it's residents.
Civic involvement has been an important part of Tom's life for a long time. He has been an active Lewiston Kiwanis member since 1968 and has served in the President role twice. One of his favorite positions within the club was serving as the Key Club liaison for the High School students and taking them to conventions. Some of his past Key Club officers from Lewiston Porter High School twenty years ago still keep in touch with him. Tom and his wife Elaine also ran the Peach Queen Program for years, organizing events and activities for the Peach Queen and contestants.
You can often find Tom just about every morning at the Orange Cat Coffee Company in Lewiston. He enjoys meeting friends there and loves the staff and relaxed atmosphere. Retired from the car sales business, Tom used to have a dealership in Niagara Falls, Baia Pontiac. Now he enjoys spending time with his family and friends. Tom and his wife have been married since 1967, purchasing a house in Youngstown and remaining there since then. He loves telling everyone that the Town of Porter and surrounding communities are a great place to live and have a family. Tom and his wife raised their two sons TJ and Joey in Youngstown. Being a part of the community is important to Tom. At the young age of 79, Tom says it is important to be involved in your community to make improvements for the next generation to enjoy life here.
The Niagara River Region Chamber of Commerce, Supervisor Merton Wiepert and the Town of Porter fellow Councilmen are proud to honor Tom Baia as the 2015 Town of Porter Citizen of the Year.