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Mohegan Council to salute area volunteers

November 04, 2010
Two local men have been selected as honorees for the Spotlight on Leadership Award, presented by the Boy Scouts of America Mohegan Council to an individual who displays exceptional work within the community.

Robert Briere, of Sturbridge and Richard Hardy, of Southbridge, as well as 36 other area residents, will be honored at the 2010 Grand Gala and Auction taking place at 6 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 2 at Mechanics Hall in Worcester.

"This has been a truly exciting year for the Boy Scouts, beginning with the Scout Show at the DCU Center and culminating with this gala," said Alison Specter, director of development for the Mohegan Council. "The spirit of Scouting has been rejuvenated in this region because of the interest alumni members have taken in introducing new people to the organization.

Hardy, chairman of the Affinity Group based in Southbridge, is also a trustee for Old Sturbridge Village. The Affinity Group was formed due to the separation of Hardy's old family-owned chain of businesses, The Hyde Group, which dates back to 1818. Hardy held the position of Chairman at Harrington Hospital from 1970-71, and then moved on to become the Chairman of Nichols College, where he was named an honorary Doctor of Business Science. Hardy also serves on the investment committee for his church, and he shared many of the aforementioned activities with his wife, Sarah.

Briere has been an active member of his community for many decades. He is a former member of the Sturbridge Board of Selectmen, Town Moderator, and is a charter member of the Lions Club. In addition to his commitment to town politics, he has also dedicated himself to ensuring the safety of residents by serving as a volunteer firefighter and a civilian participant in the Sturbridge K-9 unit. He is the current president of the Sturbridge Historical Society, and he has been honored with many prestigious awards in his hometown, including the Man of the Year and the Book of Golden Deeds Award. His wife of more than 50 years, Roberta Briere, who passed away in 2009, also participated in many events with her husband.

Many of this year's honorees are not affiliated with the Boy Scouts, but the organization aimed to recognize people who embodied Boy Scout values, regardless of whether they have been directly involved with Scouting activities.

For more on this story, please see tomorrow's Southbridge Evening News.

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