KILLINGTON, Vt. — Don Garrison of Farmingdale was recently presented with the Lifetime Presidential Award at the New England Healthcare Engineers’ Society 2011 Fall Conference Annual Banquet in Killington.

Garrison worked at the VA Maine Healthcare System, Togus, Maine, for 27 years, and at the Franklin Memorial Hospital in Farmington, Maine, for nine years. He is a fellow in the American Society for Healthcare Engineering. He served on the ASHE Board of Directors for four years, as president of the Maine Healthcare Engineers’ Society, and also as NEHES treasurer and president.

The banquet was attended by about 200 facility engineers and guests.

Garrison is currently a liaison between vendors selling products to hospital engineers and NEHES.

SKOWHEGAN — Patrick Brewer of Menahga Grange 555 was recently elected master of the Maine State Grange during the 138th annual session of the Maine State Grange held at the Skowhegan Community Center.

Brewer lives in Jefferson with his wife, Kathy. They will both represent Maine at the 145th Annual Convention of the National Grange in Tulsa, Okla.

Local officers elected include: Clyde Berry of Winslow, a member of Menahga Grange 555 in Waldoboro, who will serve as chaplain; Sharon Manley of Windsor, a member of Willow Grange 366 in Jefferson, secretary; Kathy Brewer of Jefferson, a member of Menahga Grange 555 in Waldoboro, flora.

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NASHUA, N.H. — Steven Hurd of Winthrop, Maine, recently received the New England Award for Professional Excellence at the New England Association Directors of Healthcare Volunteer Services fall meeting.

Hurd is volunteer coordinator for Lincoln County Healthcare in both Damariscotta and Boothbay Harbor. He retired as chief of voluntary service last December from the VA Maine Healthcare System at Togus.

Hurd served the Association of Healthcare Volunteer Resource Professionals of the American Hospital Association as both president-elect and president.

The award recognizes members who have demonstrated extraordinary service and contributions to the advancement of the healthcare volunteer management profession, according to a news release.

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