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Milltown honors eight for community service

June 21, 2006 | 08:34 AM

Some local civic-minded folks were surprised at the monthly meeting of the Milltown Town Council on Monday, June 12, when they were presented with a plaque and a letter from President Bush that recognized the time and effort they selflessly give to their community. They also received a letter from the chairman of the National Committee of Volunteer Service.

The awards, presented by Milltown Police Chief Ray Saylor, were given to those in the Milltown community who gave more than 4,000 hours of volunteer service to "make a difference in the lives of others."

"Tonight, we are honoring eight individuals who have volunteered thousands of hours and have truly made a difference in this community and the lives they touch every day through their unselfish acts of kindness," Saylor said. "Four of these individuals serve in different capacities at the police department."

The first, Glen Crawford, a volunteer reserve officer with Milltown and a full-time deputy with the Crawford County Sheriff's Dept., was presented with the Bronze Presidential Volunteer Police Service Award. He recently graduated form the Indiana Law Enforcement Academy near Plainfield.

"Glen has volunteered many hours in keeping our community safe," Saylor said.

The Rev. Bruce Hawkins was also presented with the Bronze Presidential Volunteer Police Service Award. A reserve officer and chaplain, Hawkins "has served the police department in many different areas," Saylor said. "He has attended many funerals and has made numerous hospital visits, offering emotional support to family members as a representative of the police department, and stands ready to offer emotional support to police officers should the need arise."

Two Explorer cadets who work with the Milltown department, Justin Ash and Travis Speece, also received recognition for their service, being awarded the Silver Presidential Volunteer Police Service Award.

Speece, who serves as a sergeant in the police department cadet program, also "volunteers his time helping senior citizens and people with disabilities mow their yards and clean gutters and other jobs, making their lives a little easier," Saylor said. "Travis always conducts himself as a true professional and serves the department with the highest quality of professionalism and integrity."

Ash is a lieutenant in the cadet program.

"He has volunteered many hours in the development of the program," Saylor said. "He's responsible for assisting in the recruiting of other youths ages 14 through 20 who are interested in a career in law enforcement.

"Justin and Travis serve as mentors to our youth and undoubtedly have made a difference in the lives of many young people."

Saylor then presented the Presidential Lifetime Volunteer Service Award to four Milltown citizens: Kathleen Roggencamp, Bill Bird, Kenny Cundiff and Marquita Taylor.

"Each of these individuals have volunteered thousands of hours over their lifetimes, giving their time and talents to making the country and this community a better place," Saylor said.

In other business, the town board accepted a bid of $7,740 to repair the town hall foundation to prevent water from entering the basement.

Also, Saylor reported on several properties in town that were eyesores and unsafe and that, in most cases, the landowners had agreed to make improvements. One property owner was uncooperative and a "move toward litigation and condemnation may be the next step," he added.

Saylor also responded to the board's questions concerning ATVs being ridden in town.

"Legally, they can't be ridden on the town's streets," he said. "They are allowed on county roads, but not in town. This is becoming a bigger problem now, and we're going to have to take a look at it."

The board was informed that "National Night Out" would be on Aug. 1. National Night Out is an event sponsored by the National Association of Town Watch to heighten crime and drug awareness. Last year, more than 10,000 communities from all 50 states participated.

It was also announced that the Milltown Festival would be Sept. 15, 16 and 17.

The board discussed holding a "work day" to repair the stage in Milltown. Saylor reported that Home Depot has donated lumber and materials. The date of the work day will be announced soon.

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