Cited for all of his service and good works
Lifetime Strafford resident and long-time Town Constable Ed Eastman was celebrated as the Strafford Lions Club's 20th Annual Citizen of the Year at the club's monthly meeting on Monday night. Lions Club Treasurer and the evening's MC Vince Robinson -- who grew up with Ed -- led a fun dinner of story-telling and remarks of gratitude for Ed's long, varied, and exceptional service to the town. Club President Melvin Coburn opened the evening with an invocation that included the hope that Ed might be lenient should he pull us over. Orange County Sheriff Bill Bohnyak thanked Ed for his 28 years of service as town constable, saying Strafford was fortunate "having such a great man serving your community." Barrett Hall Trustee Gretchen Graner pointed out the significant service Ed has provided the community building by painting it, cleaning it, and refinishing its floors on his own dime and time, then assuming the role as head chef for Wednesday's senior luncheons. "This guy never quits," Graner said. "As Ed has told me, ' I like to take any opportunity to learn how to do things.'" Newton School Principal Greg Bagnato thanked Eastman for "always going above and beyond the call of duty," and Selectman John Freitag cited Eastman's deep knowledge of the community. "He's always watching out for us," Freitag said. Eastman was also recognized by his Mason's lodge, and was told by a table full of the other residents of Pennock Road that he is the best neighbor ever. Wrapping up the evening, Robinson said, "Ed Eastman clearly is one of the most-deserving recipients of the Citizen of the Year Award during the 20 years it's been given out." True words, indeed! Thanks, Ed, for all that you do to make Strafford a great place to call home!