CHESTERVILLE – John Hinkley retired in April after more than 44 years of service to the state of Maine. He worked for the Department of Conservation.

He was honored at a party on May 22 at the Granary Restaurant in Farmington. There were 60 family members, friends and associates attending – some from as far away as Greenbush.

Hinkley worked summers for the Department of Transportation while he was in high school. Then after a two-year stint in the Army, he served as fire warden in Upton during his first years of work. He then was offered full-time work with what was then Public Lands, now called the Department of Conservation, Bureau of Parks and Lands.

Hinkley and his wife, Louise, have lived in Chesterville since 1965, where they raised their three children. Their children and grandchildren were all present for the occasion.

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