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HK Hall of Fame Inducts Class of 2017
The Haddam-Killingworth Hall of Fame inducted seven new members at its 9th annual induction dinner held on May 4th, with two Killingworth residents among them. Thomas Lentz - Tom Lentz has been part of the heart and soul of Killingworth history for more than 40 years. He was a founding member of the Killingworth Historical Society in 1969 and continues to work tirelessly on its archives and artifacts. Service to his community has also included nearly 40 years with the Planning and Zoning Commission, where he has been Chairman since 2011.

Katrin Walton - Trin Walton has given more than 40 years of her life to the education of children in Killingworth. She first entered Killingworth Elementary School as a teacher in 1966 and was known for her dedication and enthusiasm. In addition, she has been an active volunteer with the Evergreen Garden Club and the Platt Nature Center, as well as the Killingworth Historical Society. The five inductees from Haddam are: Candace Casale, John Coggins, Wayne Lepard, Edward Munster and Michelle Ouelette.

In 2012, the Hall of Fame created a Student Civic Achievement Award to honor high school seniors who have given outstanding service to their communities. Each recipient is given a check for $500. Proceeds from the dinner's Silent Auction fund the awards. This year, the award was re-named in memory of 2013 Hall of Fame inductee and Killingworth resident Eric Auer, who passed away earlier this year. His wife, Evelyn Barnum, attended the dinner and offered brief remarks expressing her family's thanks to the Hall of Fame and to the awards committee. Three Killingworth residents were the recipients of this year's Eric Auer Memorial Student Achievement Award: Benjamin Chasse is a volunteer firefighter and emergency medical responder. He is also an Eagle Scout and will attend Case Eastern Reserve University this fall. Julia Duffield is an Ambassador Girl Scout and an active volunteer at St. Lawrence Church. She will attend Worcester Polytechnic Institute this fall. Jonathan Grasso has been a volunteer at youth football camps and baseball camps. He will attend Norwich University in Vermont this fall.

The Haddam-Killingworth Hall of Fame was established in 2009 to honor individuals who exhibit both an exemplary commitment to the service of children and an outstanding record of service to the community.