1991 Honoree


The man who helped create the municipal complex and establish a conservation area here is this years recipient of the 17th annual Arthur B. Poole memorial Award.

Bruce Mosher, 61, of North Road, was selected by the Award Committee, after it received letters from residents nominating him for the award.

Pam Goggin, a member of the Poole Award Committee, described this year’s recipient as a “civic leader who’s been involved with the town throughout the years.”

“We try to pick someone who emulates the standards that (Poole) has set,” she explained.

Goggin described Mosher as very conscientious, and noted the diversity of his contributions to Harwinton.

“He’s very active,” Goggin said. “He’s just a well rounded individual. He is the kind of person who once he sets his mind to something he really follows it through to get it done.”

Meanwhile, Mosher, at his home recently, said he was surprised to receive the distinction.

“I just didn’t have any idea that I had been nominated,” Mosher said. “I wasn’t even thinking about it, to be honest.”

However, his wife, Beverly, said she suspected her husband might be this year’s recipient after the committee informed her two weeks ago that he was one of the several contenders for the award.

From the mid-1980’s until 1990, Mosher served as chairman of the Municipal Complex Building Committee, which oversaw the design and construction of the new Town Hall and Public Library.

It was during Mosher’s tenure as chairman of the Conversation Commission in the mid-1960’s that the town successfully negotiated the purchase from two property owners of about 100 acres behind the intersection of Route 4 and 118.

With Mosher at the helm, the Conservation Commission also persuaded the town to spend about $11,000 to build a driveway and parking lot at the site, giving residents access to the recreation area.

His other contributions to Harwinton include volunteering for the Harwinton Ambulance Association, serving as an alternate on the Planning Commission and working on the United Fund Drive for Northeast Utilities in Torrington.

A native of Bristol, N.H. Mosher and his wife have been Harwinton residents since 1957. They are parents of two children, Jerilyn, 36 and Dale, 32. They also have four grandchildren.

He is president of the Harwinton Historical Society, a member of the Harwinton Lions Club and chairman of the Building Board of Appeals. He is also active in the Harwinton Congregational Church where he served as a deacon.

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