Chester marks Kennedy’s retirement

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Graham Kennedy at his retirement party last Thursday. Photos by Shawn Cunningham

More than 120 people showed up at Chester’s town garage last Thursday to congratulate Highway Foreman Graham Kennedy and wish him well on his retirement.

Kennedy, who has worked for the department for 30 years – with more than 20 of those as foreman – chatted and joked with the visitors while Town Manager David Pisha grilled hot dogs for the luncheon laid out in honor of the occasion.

Along with loads of food, a large sheet cake sporting sand and gravel piles with machinery working on them wished Kennedy a happy retirement.

A workbench area converted to a buffet for the day

In addition to the “routine” tasks of maintaining roads and plowing snow, Kennedy has overseen emergency work from helping the Water Department with broken mains to reconstruction after Tropical Storm Irene.

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  1. Tim Roper says:

    Ditto what Arlene wrote. Our town roads started improving the same year you took the helm of our highway department and I’ve been impressed by the work you and your Team have done, ever since. I think you’ll be hard to replace, but I wish you all the best in your retirement.

  2. Arlene Mutschler says:

    Happy retirement. I dont know you personally but I love the job you have done taking care of everything! The roads are always passable after a snow storm.. not an easy task. Enjoy and thank you!