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Our Town Waukon - Person of the Year
WAUKON - Like many small communities Our Town Waukon has people who dedicate themselves to community service. For the past 15-years Waukon has been honoring those who go above and beyond as "the Person of the Year."
Paint Creek runs through Allamakee County. It's just a few miles away from Waukon and it is a favorite fishing spot for John Leschensky.
John grew up in Waukon and has lived here his entire life. His friends describe him as being dedicated, a visionary, and servant to his community.
"It was a tremendous opportunity to help recognize somebody who I knew put a tremendous amount of effort into the community," said Joe Cunningham, friend of John.
John is Waukon's person of the year. It was given to him because of his leadership and support for community development.
"It's just something I do. I just feel we have a responsibility living in a community to participate and do what we can to make the place better than we found it, I really feel that way and think it's very important," said John Leschensky, person of the year.
From hospital additions to street improvements John's leadership is present in many community developments.
"I think in a community there is always a shortage of leadership. You know, somebody to say let's get this done and go ahead and do it. Somebody has to step forward and I think it's an ongoing concern. And fortunately we have had some people who have done that," said Leschensky.
And by stepping forward John hopes he has helped others have a better life.
"I don't think anybody gets involved in the community hoping someday they will be person of the year. So it's not an incentive factor. I think more what it is, a chance for the community to say thank you," said Leschensky.