RECOGNIZED FOR CONTRIBUTIONS TO COMMUNITY
August 9, 2007 was Southampton Night at the Pine Barrens Festival hosted by Holy Eucharist Church
Each year a Southampton citizen is selected for the Community Service Award.
This year's recipient was Don Hoger of Leisuretowne.
Don is a volunteer member of the Southampton Environmental Commission.
More than any one person in Southampton Township, he
has been instrumental in voluntarily providing the data and tools to make Southampton one of the Burlington Countys top Open Space and Farmland Preservation Communities.
has donated at least 1000 man-hours to studying, identifying and mapping the farms, lots and properties which are candidates for open space and farmland preservation funding.
dedicated service, he
has saved the Township
at least $75,000 in professional fees and has accomplished the work with more care and attention to detail than any professional could have done.
is single-handedly responsible for the development of the Open Space and Recreation Plan elements of the Southampton Township Master Plan.
studied every inch of Southampton Township, and understands the character of all major lots and areas.
In effect, Don
is a walking encyclopedia of the topography and land quality of the township.
home computer, he
became familiar with complex GIS software to map the community.
documents and maps are used to support township open space applications and to defend the township in legal challenges to its Master Plan.
In a quiet, unassuming, effective and dedicated manner, Don
has voluntarily done all this work which benefits every resident of the township by saving thousands of dollars of taxpayer money and by preserving a quality of life that makes Southampton a very desirable and special place in which to live.
Don is a retired Engineer and a graduate of Drexel University and has been giving back to his community for over a decade.
Joe Laufer served as Master of Ceremonies and welcomed Dot Best, Township Historian, Debbie Hodgson of the Preservation Commission of Historic Southampton, Bob and Carol Ritter who co-chaired the Citizens' Flood Relief Committee, Dr. Robert Brown, whose family property adjacent to the bridge goes back over 100 years, and Donald and Alice Ross, direct descendents of the Hilliard's, town Pharmacists after whom Hilliard's Bridge Road is named.