RUMFORD — A former selectman who dedicated many hours to public service and community causes was recognized last Thursday by selectman and Town Manager Carlo Puiia.
The board voted to dedicate land from the Bean Brook Outlet to the Androscoggin River Falls at the Information Center as J. Eugene Boivin Park.
Because Boivin hasn't been feeling well, Puiia told the public at Monday night's Board of Selectmen's meeting that they made a presentation to Boivin on Nov. 19 but have yet to do a formal dedication.
Reading from a statement at Monday night's meeting, Puiia said, "For the many contributions and countless hours given, both in public service and for community causes, we thank you."
"It is our sincerest hopes that all those now and in the future that view these grounds, appreciate the time and energy you have sacrificed to make our town a better place to live," Puiia said. "Although you may be proud of this honor bestowed upon you, it is the people of our town that should feel the pride of having a citizen such as yourself that has always displayed such a love and commitment for Rumford."
Boivin was unavailable for comment but his brother, J. Arthur Boivin, on Wednesday afternoon welcomed the sentiment and plaque currently being designed for the dedication.
He said Puiia sent him a photograph Wednesday morning of the plaque.
"I think it's something that's well deserved, and it's too bad that the plaque didn't come sooner when Eugene was healthier," J. Arthur Boivin said.