Anne Imhoff honored with Kathy O’Dell Award for Community Service

The Revitalizing Waterbury (RW) Board of Directors is pleased to announce Anne Imhoff as the recipient of the 2019 Kathy O’Dell Community Service Award for her extraordinary commitment to Waterbury and its residents.  Her extensive service and volunteer work for the Waterbury community makes her a worthy recipient.

The Kathy O’Dell Community Service Award is given by Revitalizing Waterbury in recognition of a business or individual who gives back to their community. The Award is named after RW founding member Kathy O’Dell, who served as the organization’s first president in 1991.  She passed away in February 2005.  Anne Imhoff was also a founding member of Revitalizing Waterbury and served as its first Secretary.  She was part of a group of seventeen Waterbury citizens committed to restoring the historic Stimson and Graves block, located at the corner of Main and Stowe Streets.

“We knew how important Anne was to our community,” said Karen Nevin, RW Executive Director, “but not until we conducted some research did we truly realize the impact of her work.” Anne has made numerous contributions to the Waterbury community over the years, including serving on the Waterbury Planning Commission, the Zoning Board and the Waterbury Area Seniors Citizens Association.  Working with the Waterbury Historical Society, Anne was the editor, designer and production coordinator of the “History of Waterbury, Vermont 1914-1991” and the designer and production coordinator of “Waterbury Bridges the 20th Century.”   She was also a longtime member of the now disbanded Waterbury Activities and Cultural Center.

Anne is widely known as the publisher of the Exit 10 monthly community newspaper, which she took over as sole publisher and editor from 1994-2008. Exit 10 served as the community voice for local residents, providing a place for information on things to do and a place to keep up to date on local politics.  More recently, Anne was a founding member of Waterbury Unleashed, helping to plan the development of a dog park in Waterbury.  Still on the dog park board, Anne spearheaded the creation of a small dog area installed during the summer of 2018 and is involved with creating appropriate signage for the park.

“Anne has virtually single-handedly been responsible for the restoration and salvaging of Camp Smith, an important piece of Waterbury history at the Little River State Campground,” said Theresa Wood, Treasurer of Revitalizing Waterbury.  “Anne identified the deteriorating condition of the landmarks associated with Camp Smith and decided something had to be done to save it.”  Camp Smith was a civilian conservation corps encampment that built the Waterbury Dam in the 1930’s. This encampment had been taken over by the forest and an important part of history was being lost.  Anne obtained permission from the Vermont Department of Forests, Parks and Recreation to begin the work to reclaim the Camp Smith landmarks. She recruited volunteers to meticulously locate, reclaim and clean the various landmarks. Once completed, she enlisted the help of the Department of Forest, Parks and Recreation to create a universally accessible 1-mile trail loop with appropriate trail markers. Anne continues her work at Camp Smith, having identified three chimneys that remain but are in poor condition; seeking grant funding to restore the chimneys and prevent further deterioration.

Revitalizing Waterbury is Waterbury’s premier action-oriented community development organization. Since 1991, its mission is to preserve, promote and enhance the economic, historic and social vitality of Waterbury, Vermont. Revitalizing Waterbury strives to create and maintain a vibrant downtown that serves as a social and economic hub for all of Waterbury, and a warm and welcoming home away from home for visitors. For more information on Revitalizing Waterbury visit www.revitatlizingwaterbury.org.

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