CANTON — Susan Gammon was honored by selectmen and townspeople Thursday night with a plaque and certificate for her decades of service to the town.

Gammon, 70, is retiring after serving as a selectman in the late 1990s and from 2000 to 2004. She also served as a school board member and was on many committees.

She said she tried to put the community first. “If you live in a community you give what you can,” she said. “The things that I worked on were things that needed to be done. I happened to have the ability to do it, so I did it.”

Administrative Assistant Scotty Kilbreth described Gammon as “a very sincere person, but very strong-willed.

“She’s also helped the town without being in an official position,” Kilbreth said. “In the early ’90s we had to cover our landfill and we had to do about $40,000 worth of construction. She was very instrumental in helping us with that.”

Kilbreth also praised Gammon for obtaining many grants for the town and spearheading the Parks and Trails Committee, which built a trail along Whitney Brook.

Gammon said she plans to “do a little traveling” and is “trying to stay healthy.”

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