Michael J. Orefice has been selected
as the 2009 recipient of the annual Harwinton Outstanding
Citizen Award (formerly the Arthur B. Poole Award),
which will be presented for the 35th time at a banquet
on April 24 at the Torrington Elks Club.
Orefice and his
family moved to Harwinton in 1985 when there was an
opening in the Resource Room at Lewis Mills High School.
He taught special education and ran the in-house Alternative
Education Program at Mills for 15 years.
the father of a young family with five children, Mike
soon got involved in the affairs of the town, focusing
on those organizations and activities which stemmed
from its agricultural roots. He has been a 4-H leader,
a member of the Wamago Advisory Board representing Region
10, and the director for Litchfield County of the Connecticut
Sheep Breeders Association for Litchfield County. He
is currently the chairman of the Harwinton Planning
Commission, a superintendent for the Harwinton Agricultural
Society and serves on the Board of Directors for the
Harwinton Land Trust and the T.A. Hungerford Memorial
His concern about
retaining and contributing to the rural character of
Harwinton is underscored by the work he does on his
farm, Golden Acres.