J. KASZNAY JR.
The award, formerly
known as the Arthur B. Poole Award, is presented annually
to a Harwinton resident who demonstrates leadership
skills and holds an active role in the community.
Andrew J. Kasznay,
66, said he was humbled and elated when Harwinton Outstanding
Citizen Award Chairman Dale Cagenello informed him of
the news. Nancy Kasznay, his wife, said she was thrilled.
"It is an honor and privilege
to have been selected for this award," Kasznay
Kasnay, a Harwinton native, has
served on the Town Hall Building Committee, the Town
Garage Building Committee and the Senior Committee.
He is currently the Water Pollution Control Authority
"He’s been in every area of volunteerism,"
Kasznay has been a member of
the Harwinton Volunteer Fire Department since 1957,
and a 30-year member and former president of the Harwinton
Lions Club. He is a volunteer interviewer with the American
Seals Services Student Exchange Program.
"I do home-inspections for
real-estate transactions," Kasznay said.
He said he does building inspections
for companies buying commercial buildings and parties
buying residential homes.
As the 2005 Harwinton Outstanding
Citizen, Kasznay will be honored at a public banquet
at the Torrington Elk’s Club April 29. Kasznay’s
name will be engraved on a trophy, and banquet proceeds
will be presented to the charity of his choice -- the
Department of Neurology at the Connecticut Children’s
Medical Center in Hartford.
Friends and family will have
the opportunity to share their stories of Kasznay at
the banquet, according to Cagenello. A guest emcee of
Kasznay’s choice will also be present.
"People who haven’t gone to this before should
think of coming," Cagenello said. "I would
never miss it. It is one of the highlights of the year