February 1, 2023

Chester to Honor Pillars at August 8th Picnic

Five Chester Residents Honored for their Contribution to the Community

Five longtime Chester residents will be honored at a town-wide picnic at 4:30 p.m., on Sunday, August 8, for their contributions to the community’s quality of life.

The third annual Chester Pillars event, to be held on the green at the Meeting House ., will celebrate the work of:

Debra Calamari: town clerk, volunteer for the women’s auxiliary of the Chester Hose Company, the Chester Historical Society and other organizations.

Rick Holloway: longtime member of the Chester Conservation Commission, Wetlands Commission, Chester Land Trust, and also on boards for the Robbie Collomore concert series, Camp Hazen, and the United Church of Chester.

Meg Gister: music teacher at Chester Elementary School who has introduced the joy of music to hundreds of children and greatly expanded the school’s band. Meg is also choir director at Congregation Beth Shalom Rodfe Zedek.

Mike Rutty: secretary and player representative of the Chester Little League, Cub Scout master and organizer of many of the Scouts’ community projects and former trustee of United Church of Chester.

Leif Nilsson, chair of the Chester Merchants Associations, artist whose work features local scenes, gallery owner, and perpetual promoter of Chester’s great assets.

The picnic and award ceremony will feature music by Liquid Groove, comprised of Chester performers Chris Devlin Brown, Justin Good, Hans Lohse, and Rich Tortorigi. Attendees are invited to bring their own picnic dinners, a dish to share for the community table and there will be access to a grill provided by the Chester Hose Company.

The Chester Pillars committee is composed of representatives from several sponsoring organizations, including Chester Rotary, Land Trust, Historical Society, Library, Town Hall, Hose Company, St. Joseph Roman Catholic Church, United Church of Chester and Congregation Beth Shalom Rodfe Zedek.