BLANCHARD - Stephen Hobart of Blanchard was recognized last month as the third place finalist for 2003 District Board Member of the Year. Hobart has served on the Piscataquis County Soil & Water Conservation District board for eight years, most recently as board chair. Hobart and his wife Diana, a middle-school teacher in SAD #4, run Breakneck Ridge Farm. The couple raises fallow deer and buffalo, as well as being among Maine's Tree Farmers of the Year and producing maple syrup products.
The National Conservation District Employees Association recognizes district board members and employees across the nation each year. Hobart was nominated by the local district, the Maine Association of Conservation Districts and the Northeast Regional Association of Conservation District Employees.
"It is with much pleasure that we congratulate you for outstanding professionalism and accomplishment in the work of the nation's conservation districts and in support of conservation district employee development," wrote NCDEA President Rich Baden. He went on to commend Hobart's record of accomplishments which "indisputably merits special honor." Baden noted, "It is with a great deal of pride and gratitude that we present you with the (award) as a finalist in our 2003 program and for the amazing work you are doing."
Hobart and the other finalists nominated from districts all over the county received high marks in professionalism, leadership and dedication, initiative and innovation, involvement at state, regional and national levels, conservation leadership and their efforts beyond the local conservation district.
Hobart, a member of the MACD Executive Committee, traveled to Washington D.C. last year to represent Piscataquis County at a legislative conference. This was the first time Piscataquis had been represented in this forum. This month, he will be among the first Piscataquis district supervisors ever to represent this region at the National Association of Conservation Districts Annual Meeting.
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