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Bob Young Named Northwood Citizen of the Year May 15, 2021

Pictured: L-R Town Administrator Walter Johnson, Select Board Chair Hal Kreider, Moderator Keith McGuigan, Bob Young, Select Board Vice Chair Matt Frye.
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Robert E. “Bob” Young was elected Northwood Citizen of the Year at the May 15 Deliberative Session. The vote was unanimous. The town’s annual report is also dedicated to Young for his long and varied service. Select Board Chair Hal Kreider said that Young, in his role of Emergency Management Director (EMD), may have found these past months of the Covid crisis “not a real joy,” but he persevered, submitting daily reports and advising town officials about how to keep Northwood safe. He thanked Young on the town’s behalf.


Young has served as EMD for thirty years, guiding the town through ice storms, blizzards, oil spills, car accidents, and fires, as well as health emergencies. He took the lead on Covid early in January 2020 with an email warning about the virus that would soon become a pandemic. The official dedication notes the “around the clock attention” he has given the crisis ever since, calling him “vigilant in looking out for the safety of every Northwood citizen.”


Young’s public service goes beyond his work as EMD. He served on the select board for six years, was assistant moderator and then moderator for the town and school. When a gas leak contaminated the wells on Northwood Ridge, Young worked to establish a water district to provide clean water to area residences, businesses, and the elementary school. With his blue-grass band, Cordwood, he helps raise funds for the town library at the annual Humor and Harmony event.


Now retired, he spent much of his teaching career at Coe-Brown Academy, where he taught chemistry and served as department head and science curriculum coordinator.