ARTHUR B. POOLE
DR. ELIZABETH COOLING
Cooling of Laurel Hill Road has been selected as the
13th recipient of the Award.
The committee announced that it was particularly appropriate
for Dr. Cooling to receive the award this year when
senior citizen housing is a main topic of town business.
Dr. Cooling is the chairperson of the Housing Authority
and has served in that capacity since its inception.
Wintergreen, the new 20 unit senior citizen housing
facility off Bentley Drive, will be open soon.
Committee member Margaret Arigoni said there were a
great many nominations in support of this year’s
award winner, including numerous telephone calls and
even several petitions that circulated in town.
Dr. Cooling was honored at a dinner on June 18 at the
In 1976 Dr. Cooling retired from her job as college
professor of elementary education and philosophy of
education at Rhode Island College after 19 years.
She also has been active as a driver for the town’s
ambulance association. One of the recommendations for
her nomination mentioned the dedication she had to the
job, including spending countless hours driving the
back roads of Harwinton to familiarize herself with
the area in case she had to drive to an emergency.
The award committee contacted Dr. Cooling at an Audubon
Society meeting and she was humbled, Arigoni said, wanting
to share the honor with others.
An avid environmentalist, she and her brother donated
land off Laurel Hill Road several years ago to the Litchfield
Hills Audubon Society for a wildlife area known as Kalmia
Members of the committee included Helen Shanley, chairman;
Arigoni secretary; Harold Humphry, treasurer; David
Frauenhofer, Allison Rabinko and Bill Green.
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