Third Annual Pat Jewett Award Goes to Linda Peeples

March 3, 2017

 

by Len Lathrop

The selectmen’s chamber at Litchfield Town Hall was full Feb. 27 with several standing as Linda Peeples received the third annual Pat Jewett Volunteer Appreciation Award.

The ceremony kicked off with Litchfield’s Town Administrator, Troy Brown giving the opening remarks followed by the Pledge of Allegiance led by Frank Byron, Chairman of the Board of Selectmen.  Selectman Brent Lemire spoke about Pat Jewett and her accomplishments that benefited the community of Litchfield for over 40 years and explained how this award came about.

Laura Gandia, Pastor Lori Wiley, Diane Jerry and Raymond Peeples then spoke about how and why Linda was chosen as this year’s recipient. Linda has many accomplishments. She has been a member of the Litchfield Presbyterian Church for 24 years, serving as Deacon for 20 years; for eight years she has organized the annual Angel Tree program making sure every child in town has a Christmas package as well.  For 15 years, Linda has organized the yearly Easter, Thanksgiving and Charismas Food Basket for the needy in town; she visits the elderly and homebound, and has taken many to doctor appointments and visited those in the hospital. In addition, she is a member of the Litchfield Lions Club and has served as president and membership chairman. She helped with the yearly eye screening at Griffin Memorial and Litchfield Middle Schools. When she learns of a family in need she steps in to see if she can help. Linda also helps with the annual Duck Race and Appreciation Day that take place at McQueen Farm. She has participated in activities that benefited the community such as the Ice Cream Social, Yard Sales and the Polar Express at the Aaron Cutler Memorial Library too. Linda has developed scholarship opportunities for students in Litchfield, all agreed that Linda gives willingly of herself and expects nothing in return.