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VOLUNTEER OF THE YEAR NAMED 2-8-16 LMS

The Lemhi County Commissioners have named Scott Benton as the Lemhi County Volunteer of the Year.

The award, given at the February 8 meeting of the commissioners, came as a total surprise to Benton. He was lured to the Lemhi County Brooklyn Annex by his wife, City Clerk Mary Benton, and County Clerk of the Court Terri Morton under the guise of helping with some “polling stuff.”

Benton’s immediate response upon hearing he was Volunteer of the Year was, “What for!?”

Prior to noontime luncheon refreshments Commissioner’s Chairman John Jakovac proceeded to outline a long list of reasons for the selection including the service Benton gave to the community in his many years of managing the local CenturyTel telephone office. Throughout that time and beyond he was a volunteer fireman for 35 years, achieving the rank of Assistant Fire Chief. Although now retired he has never retired from community service.

The list of Benton’s services to the community read by Jakovac ranged from still resetting the town’s noon whistle after a power outage to helping neighbors with snow shoveling and doing odd jobs for Imperial Apartments residents.

Jakovac reminisced about Benton’s helpfulness even back in high school days when Jakovac consulted him as to what speakers could be connected to what amplifier to avoid a sound system blowout.

Benton is still helping with sound and video systems, specifically the ones at City Hall and the Sacajawea Center.

Most recently he shared his expertise by putting many volunteer hours of research into identifying and locating the best telephone conference system for the county which, according to Clerk Morton saved the county a lot of money. Benton followed the conference system through the installation phase and on to making sure it was operable. He also configured the Main Street cameras so they would function properly.

Jakovac said Benton is a prime example of neighbors helping neighbors and for all the reasons stated he presented Scott Benton with the unexpected Lemhi County Volunteer of the Year Award.




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