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Citizen of the Year: Marie Septer


Marie Septer, owner of the Dalton Greenhouse and president of the Dalton Garden Club, has been named Citizen of the Year by the Dalton Holidays Festival.


DALTON  Do you know Marie Septer?

How about “the flower lady?”

Chances are likely that anyone reading this either is good friends with Septer or a family member, or at least has heard of her thanks to the many hats she’s worn over the years while quietly making a difference in the community.

The longtime Dalton resident was chosen by the Dalton Holidays Festival committee as this year’s Citizen of the Year.

And rightly so.

Humble and hard working, the Dalton Greenhouse owner and president of the Dalton Garden Club will argue that others are more deserving of the recognition.

Septer, dedicated greenhouse owner and devoted grandma, had missed some festival committee meetings earlier this year working in the greenhouse and watching a grandson play ball.

So, she was surprised when festival committee president Walter Weldon showed up on her doorstep over the summer to tell her about this year’s selection of Citizen of the Year for the 46th annual Dalton Holidays Festival. He insisted it was a done deal.

“I keep telling them there are other people,” Septer said with a laugh.

Those who haven’t met or even heard of Septer, may learn that they’re familiar with her handiwork if they’re a resident, visitor or if they’ve even just driven by the village. Septer and other members of the Dalton Garden Club – which recently marked its 80th anniversary as a club – have beautified the village, given back to organizations through donations, helped individuals in need, and she’s the one who changes the sign off of U.S. 30 informing people about village events, touting Dalton student-athletes’ accomplishments, and sending greetings throughout the year.

Yep, it’s Marie Septer who does that.

Now here is a list of her other activities over the year that may be lesser known but still far-reaching. Septer is a member of the Dalton Holidays Festival’s board of directors – longer than any of the other officers or board members – and has been responsible for the festival kitchen for years. Over the decades, she has been active in the Dalton Volunteer Fire Department Auxiliary when her husband, Dave, was a volunteer firefighter for more than 30 years, she was “room mother” while her four children went through Dalton Local Schools, and she also was involved with Sugarcreek Homemakers, and was a Girl Scout leader and 4H sewing adviser for 20 years with Dalton Stitch and Chatter. Septer has taught Sunday School for more than 30 years at St. Mary’s Church in Wooster.

Read the complete story in the Nov. 30, 2022 edition.

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