Friday, June 29, 2001
Selectmen thank town workers, honor Nancy and Bill Koerner
On Tuesday, June 19, the board of selectmen thanked town volunteers and employees and honored Nancy and Bill Koerner for their years of service to the community.
Citing the "dedication, hard work, and caring" of town volunteers and employees, selectman John Ballantine emphasized the value of people who "live here, work here, and know the town." Selectman Doug Stevenson extolled the personal quality of town government: "It's important to me to be able to go to Town Hall and know the people there."
Doug then went on to honor his "former den mother," Nancy Koerner, who retired as town treasurer after 33 years, and her husband Bill Koerner, who retired from the job of tax collector after 31 years. Remembering his long friendship with their son Eric, Stevenson recalled the Koerners' "true community spirit" which included Nancy's volunteer work with the Cub Scouts and the blood drive, and Bill's Boy Scout leadership and delivery of the Carlisle Mosquito. "I'm a better person and Carlisle is a better place because of them," concluded Stevenson.
Nancy reminisced about the days when the town bills were prepared over the dining room table. She recalled when the school used to give over "cold hard cash" from lunch money which was collected and kept in the freezer, the only place it could be locked up. Bill recalled receiving tax bill payments in cash from a farmer who claimed, "I gave up my checking account in '32 and haven't been to a bank since." Citing many people she enjoyed working with through the years, Nancy smiled as she remembered "the wonderful give-and-take." She went on, "It's been a wonderful experience working for the town. On the other hand, I can't tell you how much we enjoy being retired."
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