Dixfield officials honor former Board of Selectman Chairwoman Norine Clarke on Friday at the town gazebo on Main Street. Clark died May 4. From left are Selectmen Ricky Davis and Pete Holman, Town Manager Alicia Conn, former Town Manager Eugene Skibitsky, Town Clerk Theresa Hemingway, former Town Manager Carlo Puiia, Deputy Treasurer/Tax Collector Bethany Murphy, and Selectman Richard Pickett. Pickett holds a plaque that will be hung at the gazebo in her memory. Bruce Farrin/Rumford Falls Times

DIXFIELD — Current and former town officials honored Norine Clarke, former chairwoman of the Board of Selectmen, at a brief ceremony Friday at the town gazebo on Main Street.

Clarke, who died May 4, 2021, volunteered her time and efforts to the community for more than 40 years.

Norine Clarke Submitted photo

A memorial plaque, which officials plan to hang in the gazebo, reads, “In memory of Norine H. Clarke: Your countless years of dedication and service to the Town of Dixfield and its people are much appreciated. The Town of Dixfield will forever be thankful for your efforts in bettering the town and the community.”

A legislative sentiment, co-sponsored by selectman and state Rep. Richard Pickett and state Sen. Lisa Keim, both of Dixfield, was read by Pickett and presented to Clarke’s sons, Brian and Neil, and her daughter, Melanie.

“Not only was she a selectman of Dixfield, but I considered Norine a friend,” Pickett said. “When I first came into town, her and her husband, Ralph, made us feel very, very comfortable when I came here as a young (state) trooper in 1976 over in Peru. If you ever needed anything in the Log Cabin craft store, you’d probably find it because it was there somewhere. She was a staple in our community.”

Clarke was owner of Log Cabin Craftworks at 31 Main St.

Among the 35 people attending the ceremony were Clarke’s children and current and former town officials attending the ceremony were selectmen Ricky Davis and Pete Holman, Town Manager Alicia Conn, former Town Manager Eugene Skibitsky, former Town Manager Carlo Puiia, Town Clerk Theresa Hemingway, and Deputy Treasurer/Tax Collector Bethany Murphy.

“The gazebo is a real appropriate place to do this,” Pickett said.

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