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J. Ward Carter Award Recipients Announced

The awards will be handed out during a public ceremony on Jan. 12.

Editor's note: We apologize for misspelling the name of this award. It has been corrected.

The Weston300 Committee last fall requested nominations for the first J. Ward Carter Civic Awards, and the committee received a slew of responses.

Now, the award recipients have been chosen and they, or a representative for the recipient, will receive the award during a public ceremony in the Weston High School auditorium on Jan. 12 at 4:30 p.m.

The award was established in conjunction with Weston's 300th anniversary and was named in honor of J. Ward Carter, a former executive director and town administrator who served Weston for 52 years. The award's goal is to "recognize those persons whose contributions to the Town of Weston are exemplary,” according to the town’s website.

During Saturday's ceremony, the following individuals will be honored:

Alfred L. Aydelott
George P. Bates
Priscilla N. & Edward M. Dickson (Mr. Dickson posthumously)
Brian Donahue
H. Kenneth Fish (postumously)
Pamela W. Fox
Kathleen B. McCahan
Edwin J. Taff
Frances B. Tucker
Joan B. Vernon (posthumously)
Harold B. Willis Jr. (posthumously)

The public is invited to attend the free ceremony, which will include, beginning at 4 p.m., a musical prelude. Following the ceremony, the public is invited to a candlelight reception at Weston Town Hall.

Isabella Jancourtz January 10, 2013 at 12:40 PM
Interesting Freudian slip (Carver instead of Carter) for a real turkey of an idea, in my humble opinion. Is it too much to hope that we can put a fork in it once this plastic "product" as Dusty likes to call the 300th commemoration of our town's incorporation is over? Or is this silly reality show going to be a "legacy" which the Weston 300 Committee leaves to the town? An interfaith service of thanksgiving followed by a parade and a party would have been my idea of a celebration of our last 300 years.
CatherineP87 January 10, 2013 at 01:41 PM
Couldn't agree more Isabella---This is a crazy waste of time and energy---As for the list of recipients, I am not impressed---Two Planning Board members are recipients?---That group has been responsible for more unecessary and arbitrary mandates on homeowners than any other group in Town---Term limits would help there and should be applauded---Not their all-too-long "public service."
Sally January 10, 2013 at 04:24 PM
Why would you critize a group of people who are trying to put together a nice event for the town. Do you realize that it's all volunters who are using their own time to produce activities that town's people may enjoy? Why do you think it's a waste of time? Is it that your suggestion was not approved or that you're jealous that you did not come up with the concept? -- If you do ont want to attend that's fine..Don't. Why be so negative? If you go on the WESTON 300 website you will see that there will be a parade and fireworks . It looks to me that you didn't do your research.
Judith T Campos January 10, 2013 at 06:07 PM
I don't know all the people on the list, but the several I do know certainly merit recognition. The 300 Committee is doing a great job, the library exhibit is wonderful and took alot of time and effort to put together.
Isabella Jancourtz January 10, 2013 at 08:12 PM
I have no criticism of the recipients, most of whom I know and appreciate. It is the pointless popularity contest that I object to. Some of my family members attended nearby Concord Academy, famous for not giving out awards at graduation. It is a celebration in which all can share equally. That is what we had at our 275th and it is what I was hoping for at our 300th, not a lot of medals and pedestals for those deemed particularly worthy by a small group. The library exhibit is indeed wonderful but that is the work of the Weston Historical Society, not the Weston 300 Committee. I will look forward to the parade and the fireworks. Happy Birthday, Weston!

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