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Town honors brothers, Nicols Logging
After honoring Jim Nicols (right) and his brother, Billy (middle) as Rumford Citizens of the Year, Town Manager Carlo Puiia then recognized the employees of Nicols Brothers Logging with the Rumford Good Samaritan Award. (Times photo by Bruce Farrin)
The Rumford Board of Selectmen recognized the service of several people at Thursday night's meeting. From left are James Nicols, who, with his brother, Billy Nicols (third from right), were named Rumford's Distinguished Citizens of the Year 2012-13; Ronald E. Russell, who served on the Board of Appraisers from 2004-10; Russell's father, Ronald M. Russell, who served on the Finance Committee from 2004-10; Peggy Susbury, who served on the Rumford Public Library Board of Trustees from 1997-2012; and Dan Peare, who was a Public Works employee from 1979-2012. Not shown but also recognized were Theresa Prue, who served on the library board from 2001-10, and Spencer Couture, who served as a call force firefighter from 1975-2012. (Times photo by Bruce Farrin)
RUMFORD -- With family and friends present, James Nicols and his brother, Billy were honored by the Board of Selectmen Thursday as the town's Citizens of the Year.
Their company, Nicols Bros. Logging, located in the Rumford Industrial Park, lent the town temporary use of their company's logging bridge to span Bean Brook. They voluntarily installed it after flooding from Tropical Storm Irene destroyed the Swain Road bridge Aug. 28 and 29, 2011.
Town Manager Carlo Puiia said installing the bridge, used from Sept. 10 until the second week in January, "put the whole town at ease."
As a result, the town bought the necessary time to do a proper replacement, getting the job engineered and done right.
"We owe a great deal of gratitude to Nicols Brothers Logging, and we want to recognize Jim and Billy Nicols tonight as our Citizens of the Year," said Puiia.
In accepting the award, Jim said, "We just did it out of sake of seeing the need. I also want to publicly thank the people who work for us. A lot of times what we do doesn't always get seen around town. We have 30-something employees. I know quite a few of them were down there that day, so I think this is a recognition of our company also."
"As brothers, with our family living close by, I'd like to thank my mother and father for showing us the way at a young age," he noted.
As recognition for the employees of Nicols Brothers Logging, Puiia also presented the brothers with a plaque for their office that reads, "The Town of Rumford Good Samaritan Award presented to Nicols Brothers for unselfishly helping others, Sept. 10, 2011."
In accepting the plaque, Jim Nicols also thanked the Rumford Public Works, many of whom were working to help with the installment of the temporary bridge.