Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

2011's Miss Aggie a Great Contributor to Life in Mandarin

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

2011's Miss Aggie a Great Contributor to Life in Mandarin

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Byline: Rhonda Reese

Mandarin resident Betty Wolfe has enjoyed an amazing March.

On March 12, the city honored her by renaming the park within the Pickwick subdivision where she has lived for more than 20 years the Elizabeth R. Wolfe Park. On Saturday, Wolfe was honored at the Old Mandarin Store and Post Office with the seventh annual Miss Aggie Award.

The award honors a female Mandarin resident who has contributed to the community in the areas of business, civic, educational or charitable accomplishments.

"Miss Aggie was the proprietor and postmistress of the store and post office from 1928 until 1964," said Karen Roumillat, Mandarin Museum and Historical Society board member and great-niece of Miss Aggie. "She was known for her community spirit and for helping those in need."

Wolfe flashed her contagious smile upon receiving the award.

"I was surprised," Wolfe said, adding that she felt the same as when the park was renamed for her.

People who know Wolfe were not surprised. Wolfe has served as president of the Pickwick Park Civic Association since 1987 and the major lobbyist for the park. She also has served as a volunteer for organizations that include the Mandarin Community Club, the Jacksonville Garden Club, Southeast Citizens Planning Advisory Committee, Sheriff's Advisory Council and the Duval County Supervisor of Elections.

"It's her longtime commitment to her neighborhood and associations that set her apart," Lynn Cuda wrote on the Miss Aggie nomination application.

Cuda said that Wolfe's crowning achievement with her neighborhood association was the development of Pickwick Park, a 5-acre public park. Developing the park spanned the terms of four City Council members who were active in seeing the project completed.

To honor Wolfe's commitment to Pickwick Park, Councilman Jack Webb introduced an ordinance to have the park renamed for her. …

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