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Farmington town report dedicated to Clyde Ross

S. Clyde Ross is surprised with a celebration regarding the dedication of the 2018 annual Town Report to the longtime firefighter and volunteer, as Deputy Chief Tim Hardy and Chief Terry Bell look on.

FARMINGTON - The 2018 annual town report has been dedicated to S. Clyde Ross, who was surprised by dozens of friends, co-workers and town officials at the municipal building Friday morning.

Town Manager Richard Davis thanked Ross for his long record of community service, calling him a pillar of the community. "Thanks for everything you've done for the town," Davis said.

"I thank everyone of you here," Ross said. "It's been a pleasure to serve with you and to serve you." He said he considered many of his roles in the community to be part of a citizen's responsibility.

A life-long resident of Farmington, Ross taught at the Leavitt Institute and then in the Regional School Unit 9 system until his retirement in 1996. He has been a member of Farmington Fire Rescue since 1971, serving as deputy chief since 1993. In addition to his work as a firefighter, Ross is a member of local fire chief and firefighter associations and has helped set up countless fire prevention programs throughout Farmington and the local schools and organizations. He can be heard regularly on WKTJ, offering safety tips for the public.

Ross is currently the chair of the local Budget Committee, also notifying Farmington voters of the time and location of the annual meeting by posting the warrant. He has been involved in numerous other community groups, including the Fairbanks Union Church, of which he is a member, and Maine Lodge #20 AF & AM.

The 2018 town report, which includes reports from department heads, budgetary information and the 2019 town meeting warrant, is put together every year by a committee of residents. It is available at the town office and a number of local businesses.

The annual town meeting is March 25.

Left to right is Clyde Ross, Selectmen Stephan Bunker, Matthew Smith and Josh Bell and Town Manager Richard Davis.

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26 Responses »

  1. Congratulations to my friend and former teacher(45 years ago) S. Clyde!!!

  2. Thank you for all you have done to make our community safe and a great place to live. Congratulations on your well deserved recognition of your dedication.

  3. Congratulations, Clyde! Well-deserved recognition for your unselfish service.

  4. Well deserved !

  5. Congrats, old friend...

  6. Well done, Clyde! Thank you for your service.

  7. A well deserved Award for a great person. Congratulations Clyde !!

  8. Congratulations, Clyde! Well deserved.

  9. Great choice!! He's been around this town forever, teaching kids, fighting fires, and doing a great job as Chester Greenwood. He has a sharp memory when asked historical questions, and the answers are usually colorful.
    Thank you for being part of our town.

  10. Congratulations
    You have earned it!!!

  11. Well deserved recognition. Congratulations neighbor.

  12. There is no more deserving citizen than Clyde. He has been a dedicated and self-less community servant and fire fighter for over 48 years. Congratulations, Clyde! You are the best. Proud to know you and call you cousin.

  13. Congratulations to a tireless public servant.

  14. Well deserved. Clyde is a wonderful public servant who has served our town for many years. Congratulations!

  15. What a nice thing to read about! Couldn't have chosen a more appropriate person to give this honor to. Most sincere congrats, Clyde!

  16. So very happy for you were honored in this way and extremely proud that you're my Big Brother!

  17. Congratulations, Clyde, an honor very well deserved....very happy for you.

  18. Congratulations Kikie, You probably haven't heard that nickname in a while. When we met in the late 50's you were student teaching us at Wilton Academy and picking up East Wilton student hitchickers along Route 2 as WA had no busses. How well I remember your '36 Ford Phaeton. During the 70's we became fellow 9th Grade Teachers at Mt Blue Junior High. As Chester Greenwood on the back of my Model T Ford Snowmobile, we made a national magazine front page picture together. That's at least 60 years of service and a wonderful record of achievement. It's been a real pleasure to review the facts folks mentioned above and think of those early days.

  19. A BIG thank you to all who have written on this page. As you know I was "blind sided" by my friends who had me doing something else that morning. It has been a "labor of love" over the years to service/assist with work that our Town has had to do. Hopefully I did my small part.
    Thanks Again to each of you, my friends and neighbors. Clyde Ross

  20. Congratulations, Clyde! You have given many years of helping any neighbor in need. And let's not forget that he was a skier way back as well!!

  21. Well deserved, Clyde Ross! Thank you for serving this town for so many years. Serving your community in all capacities is often a labor of love with little thanks and pleanty of misplaced criticism. We are lucky to have so many community minded people who love and serve for the right reasons our little big town. Many thanks! -- Humble taxpayer.

  22. Congratulations Clyde. Couldn't have been dedicated to any better person.. Cause we all know he is the "GEM OF FARMINGTON"..

  23. Well done Mr. Ross, You were the best teacher I ever had at Leavitt high school. Farmington has been fortunate to have you all these years!

  24. Congratulations, Clyde, from your MATE friends in Camp Hill, Pa.

  25. Congratulations Kikie!!! A well deserved honor for you neighbor!!!! See you in the summer. John & Carol

  26. Congratulations Clyde! Thank you for all you have done for the town of Farmington and for the students in RSD9.

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