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Washington County Extension Association honors volunteers during annual meeting

Community Author: Tara Wood
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Tara Wood | BDN
Tara Wood | BDN

CALAIS–Washington County Extension Association honored several volunteers during its annual meeting Sept. 18 at the Washington County Community College.

Dana Hatton of Charlotte was honored with the Norman W. Duzen Community Service Award for his volunteer efforts in his community. Mr. Hatton, as fire chief, has had a vital role in expanding the fire department both with recruiting new volunteers and supervising the expansion of the facilities. He established an EMT/First Responder team and arranged for funding and training for five firefighters to be EMT certified. The team is called out in excess of 40 times a year in support of seven local municipalities. Dana has established emergency shelters for man made and natural disasters and has made significant impacts on the safety and well being of the residents of Charlotte and surrounding communities.

Also honored were Joan Miller of Marshfield for her volunteer efforts with the University of Maine Cooperative Extension Master Gardener Volunteers Program, Maine 4-H, Senior Companion Advisory Board, and the Washington County Extension Association; Sandra Smith of Princeton for her volunteer efforts with Maine 4-H; and Ed Farrell of Eastport for volunteering with the Senior Companion Program as a station supervisor.

Senator Joyce A. Maker presented all award winners with a legislative sentiment.

The evening featured UMaine Extension associate professor Alan Majka who presented ‘Dining with Diabetes Down East’, a four-week program that has reached 289 people in 10 communities since its inception in 2014. More information about the program, including videos and publications, is online at…/dining-with-diabetes/. For more information about UMaine Extension in Washington County, contact 207.255.33456;

University of Maine Cooperative Extension:

As a trusted resource for over 100 years, University of Maine Cooperative Extension has supported UMaine’s land and sea grant public education role by conducting community-driven, research-based programs in every Maine county. UMaine Extension helps support, sustain and grow the food-based economy. It is the only entity in our state that touches every aspect of the Maine Food System, where policy, research, production, processing, commerce, nutrition, and food security and safety are integral and interrelated. UMaine Extension also conducts the most successful out-of-school youth education program in Maine through 4-H.