2018 marked our 14th Hometown Hero celebration as we presented the award to 5 community members at our Open House.
Each year, in conjunction with our Customer Open House, we present a Hometown Hero Award to individuals or community organizations within our service area that has made outstanding contributions to the community.
Charles Myette of Chester was recognized for the many ways he has given back over the years. He is a member of the Chester Conservation Commission, which he chaired for 17 years; a member of the Strategic Land Protection Committee; a member of the Wason Pond Commission, which he chaired for 6 years; a member of the Agricultural Commission, of which he was also the Treasurer for 7 years; and he served as vice chair for the Spring Hill Farm Advisory Committee for 2 years. He is also a Trustee of the Spring Hill Farm. He served on the Solid Waste/Recycling Committee from 1991–2000 and he has been Chester’s Volunteer of the Year for 2004, 2011, and 2012. We were honored to recognize Charles as our 2018 Hometown Hero from Chester.
Our Sandown honorees run the Sandown Food Pantry and were nominated as a group. Arlene Bassett, Louise Chartier, Mikel Delaney, and Susan Dupouy dedicate countless hours preparing and distributing food for those who need it in Sandown. In addition to distributing food twice weekly, the ladies also provide holiday dinners to more than 60 families at Thanksgiving and at Christmas. Part of the Christmas holiday includes a giving tree arranged by the women as well. They also regularly organize food drives. In their spare time, they are members of their local churches, Friends of the Library, volunteers at Fox Den Retirement Home, Members of the Old Meetinghouse Association, and three have had the distinction of being Sandown’s Citizens of the Year. We were honored to recognize them as our 2018 Hometown Heroes from Sandown.
The Hometown Hero Awards are always a highlight of our Open House, so our thanks go out to the Chester and Sandown Board of Selectmen for nominating these outstanding individuals.