Jul 26, 2014

Westonite of the Week: Mark Harper

Patch salutes lifelong Weston resident Mark Harper for a variety of services he's provided to his hometown.

Westonite of the Week: Mark Harper

Animal Control officer Mark Harper knows a thing or two about Weston.

"I've dedicated my entire life to this town," Harper said in an interview with Patch. 

Indeed, Harper's contributions are considerable. 

He's a 40-year life member of the Fire Department, volunteered for EMS for 25 years (he's retired), and gave 4 years to the Weston Historical Society, among other things.

He also ran the Weston Bicentennial celebration.

"That was a great event," he reminisced. "It was a year long, with a play, parade, a big dance...a lot of great things."

"I love the community," he added. "I was raised here, raised my own kids here, have friends here.

"The town has been good to me and provided me with a lot of years of good living," he said. "I figured the best thing for me to do is to give my life to the town...but old timers can tell you I can raise some hell if I have to," he laughed.

Indeed. Harper "" at last Tuesday's Board of Finance public forum, where he requested that funding for an assistant be restored, to audience applause.

Harper also assisted with the Lachat deal and the Morehouse property.

"The town knows that I'll pitch in no matter what it is," he said.

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