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Ellen Harde Honored By State As Unsung Heroine

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Westford’s own Ellen Harde was recently honored at the 2016 Massachusetts Unsung Heroine Awards.

Hosted by the Massachusetts Commission on the Status of Women, each year the award recognizes local women from across the Commonwealth who deserve recognition for contributions to their communities.

Nominated by State Representative James Arciero, Harde became Westford’s first female selectman in 1972 and has served as town moderator since 1993.

She has also served on the Westford Recycling Commission, the Westford League of Women Voters, the Westford Land Preservation Foundation and was instrumental in the establishment of the Roudenbush Community Center.

“Ellen personifies community service and has been a leader in Westford for many years. It was an honor to nominate her for this prestigious award.” said Arciero.

(l to r) Marilyn Frank, State Representative James Arciero, Ellen Harde (courtesy - Office of State Representative James Arciero)
(l to r) Marilyn Frank, State Representative James Arciero, Ellen Harde (courtesy – Office of State Representative James Arciero)

Harde felt honored to be among the 125 recipients of the award this year, and was appreciative to Arciero as well as Marilyn Frank, who accompanied her during the ceremony.

“It was a very moving ceremony and I was honored to be with the other 124 truly Unsung Heroines who so deserved to be recognized. Their accomplishments were so wide-ranging and they came from all over the Commonwealth and from so many backgrounds and interests,” said Harde. “I have hardly been unsung, because Westford has honored and thanked me lots, so I didn’t feel I was the best choice.”

Previous recipients from Westford include Leslie Thomas (2015), Helena “Mickey” Crocker (2013), Judith Ramirez (2012), Nancy Cook (2011), Gloria Gilbert (2010), Catherine Bartholomew Ricketson (2010), Patricia Mason (2009), Diane Healy (2007) and Ellen Rainville (2006).