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Hudson Council recognizes volunteerism, service by residents

By LAURA FREEMAN Reporter Published: May 17, 2017 12:02 AM
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HUDSON -- Council members May 2 recognized the volunteer service of two citizens.

Mayor David Basil presented a resolution thanking Joan Brandon for her service as a member of the cemetery board and to the Hudson community from Nov. 17, 2004 to Dec. 31, 2016.

Brandon helped with cemetery floral selections and plantings and was involved in the St. Mary's Cemetery expansion project.

"As a cemetery board member and long-time Hudson Garden Club member, Mrs. Brandon enthusiastically supported having the Markillie and St. Mary's cemeteries showcased in the 2008 Hudson Home and Garden Tour," Basil said.

Brandon also volunteered for the Hudson EMS for 31 years.

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Council member Dan Williams said he worked with Brandon for a number of years as liaison to the board.

"It was fun," Williams said. "I appreciate what you did and how much time you spent on EMS."

Council member Dennis Hanink said Hudson is blessed with many citizens who volunteer their time.

"It's the kind of model some of our younger citizens will see and follow," Hanink said.

Volunteering is the most important contribution a citizen can make, Basil added.

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"I can't believe 49 years ago George and I came here (Hudson). Somebody stole it (the time)," Brandon said.

"Being part of EMS was wonderful," she said. "A lot of laughs and cries. It was wonderful to be part of Hudson."

She also is a member of the Bottoms Up Gang or BUGS who helped plant flowers and care for them on the Greens and around town.

"I'm so proud of this city and what it's done," Brandon said. "I''m touched by this award. Thank you."

Basil presented a resolution thanking A.J. Stokes for 15 years of service as a member of both the Cable Television Advisory Committee and the Cemetery Board and to the Hudson community from Jan. 1, 2002 through Jan. 23, 2017.

As a member of the Cemetery Board, Stokes was involved in the Markillie Cemetery Chapel Renovation project, the Stained-Glass Windows project and the St. Mary's Cemetery Expansion project.

As a member of the Cable Television Advisory Committee, Stokes shared his technical expertise in audio mixing and equipment usage for many HCTV productions.

Basil read a letter from HCTV staff Barbara VanBlarcum and Dan Gerbarcht thanking Stokes for his many contributions. Nick Zaklanovich thanked him during the public comments.

Stokes provided his expertise to the HCTV Advisory Board and would be missed, Williams said. He mentioned the pavilion at the cemetery Stokes also worked on and invited the public to visit it.

"Your service is an exemplory manifestation of the volunteer spirit of Hudson that keeps and makes our community very special," Basil said. "On behalf of the staff and Council, thank you."

He said his parents volunteered, and he wanted to keep the tradition going, Stokes said. He could show up at the committees in the future as a concerned citizen of Hudson.

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