Congratulations to Mendon Seniors of the Year 2020! ~ Dorothy Leighton & Wayne Phipps


The Mendon Council on Aging is proud to announce Mendon’s Seniors of the Year!

Dorothy Leighton and Wayne Phipps!

These two individuals have contributed in so many ways to the lives of our Mendon seniors as well as the community at large. Dottie Leighton is energetic, dedicated , hardworking and has been involved with the Senior Center for many years. She helps out with the Tri Valley lunches, answers the phones, and steps up in any way she can. She has volunteered with the Friends of Mendon Elders as a board member. As part of the Senior Work program, she has helped with other town departments as well. Her work ethic is an inspiration to others. She is very proud of her heritage as a descendent of John Alden and a member of the Alden Kindred. Her grandfather and great-grandfather were the last two descendants to live in the John Alden House in Duxbury. She loves to dance and brings a live-ly spirit to the Senior Center, especially if there is music playing! With her interest in dancing, which is a long family tradition, she has been active with The New England Country Music Club and is a board member as well as the Chaplin. She is a graduate of Framingham State College and taught in the Bellingham School system for many years, primarily third grade at the Macy school. In fact, one of our current board members had Dottie as her third grade teacher! Dottie has done so much for the Seniors of Mendon. We thank her and appreciate all she does for us!

Wayne Phipps is thoughtful, caring and dedicated to the Town of Mendon and its seniors. As a child, he spent many summer days at his grandfather’s house on Nipmuc Lake. Wayne, a graduate of Worcester State was a teacher for 37 years at the Mendon-Upton School System. In his retirement, he has been an ac-tive member of the Brothers of the Brush, a Trustee of the Taft Library since 2017 and a poll worker for the town elections. He currently works as a van driver at the Senior Center, bringing our seniors to medical ap-pointments, shopping, lunch and events. He always brings a smile to the seniors, especially when he sings in the van! He has volunteered his time to showcase some of his collections ofantique Mendon postcards and Victorian Valentines at the Senior Center and the li-brary. Wayne has a passion for playing Santa Claus during the holiday season and beyond. He has attended Santa School for official training and is the Santa for the Mendon Town Tree Lighting. He spends countless hours hearing all the children’s wishes! During this Covid-19 period, Wayne started a livestream story time, reading holiday stories as Santa to the delight of young and old alike. We appreciate all Wayne does for the Town of Mendon, as well as the Senior Center. Thank you, Wayne!