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Humble Gagnon Accepts Varnum Day Award

Feb 18, 2017 03:07PM ● By Andrew Sylvia

Harvey Gagnon humbly accepts the Varnum Day Award for Community Service

Harvey J. Gagnon was honored as this year’s Varnum Day Award winner to start the Board of Selectmen’s meeting on Feb. 14.

During his acceptance speech, Gagnon joked that the research his daughter was doing for the nomination at first seemed like fodder for a potential obituary.

“I think she should do the digging now while the digging is good,” he said.

In addition to his service in the U.S. Army, Gagnon also played a role in the Dracut Rotary Club for several decades, spearheaded the renovation and relocation of Harmony Hall, and served on numerous other town committees, including the Dracut Historical Commission, Permanent Building Committee and Community Preservation Committee.

Gagnon was just one of nominees who also received praise prior to the meeting for their contributions as Dracut residents to the community and beyond.

The first of these nominees was Frank Polewarczyk, who was a part of the Normandy Invasion in 1944, earning the French Croix de Guerre for his bravery throughout World War II.

Polewarczyk’s nomination was followed with plaudits for Timothy Grimes, Robert Berube, a posthumous tribute for former selectman Douglas Willett.

Named after Dracut resident and former U.S. House of Representatives Speaker and Vice President Joseph Bradley Varnum, Gagnon is the third annual recipient of the award.

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