(03/08/2010)

Allen Swisher (left) and Rita Kennedy (right) present
special award to community servant Glenna Perkins

Washington District "treasure" Glenna Perkins received special recognition Sunday for her longtime service to the Upper West Fork Park.

Perkins has been with the park almost since the endeavor began in 1965. She has had to resign for health reasons.

Perkins was the driving force behind the Bluegrass Festival and the annual ramp dinner.

She has seen the park move from an empty lot to a park with a community building, a pavilion, a playground and ball fields, and her latest efforts, the walking trail and exercise building. She was there when the fire hall was built and expanded.

Glenna and her husband Richard live on Walnut within sight of her two sons Rick and wife Sherlene and Randy and wife Kim.

Her daughter, Rita Laughlin and husband Gary live in Arnoldsburg. Her extended family of children, grandchildren and great grandchildren often end up at her house on Sunday for a family dinner.

She is a member of Walnut Memorial Church and active in the Ladies Guild and a driving force behind their food pantry.

Her faith kept her going when she was diagnosed with cancer and now she is a grateful 10 year cancer survivor.

The park's Board of Directors organized the event, which included readings from community members about Perkins' service, and serving an Achievement Cake and snacks.

Perkins prepares to cut her honorary cake


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