Beniah C. Harding has been a dedicated Thomaston resident and longtime member of the Federated Church UCC/UMC in Thomaston, where he served as lector and usher and on the Outreach Committee.

Ben served as director of Maine Good Roads Association, a member of the Fourth of July Committees, and parade marshal with his wife, Ida May Harding, in 1987, chauffeured by Thomaston resident Dick Ervin.

From 1985 to 1988 he was the local representative to the Maine State Legislature Committee. He was also a member of the Mid-Coast Route 1 Association and with the help of his wife, Ida May, produced the first booklet that enhanced the benefits of the Midcoast.

Along with Federated Church members Ida May Harding, Betty Schesler and Elizabeth Wigglesworth, he met in Leach Hall at the Federated Church to form the original Friends of Montpelier to restore the Knox Mansion on High Street. He initiated action for issuance of a postage stamp in honor of General Henry Knox, which had its first day on July 25, 1985.

Ben also was instrumental in revitalizing the Thomaston Academy, which now houses the Thomaston Public Library. At one time it housed the Thomaston Center for the University of Maine, Augusta.

Gov. Longley appointed Ben to serve for two years on the Maine Public Employee Labor Relations Board of Appeals.

Ben is in his 10th year as director of The Thomaston Senior Citizen Center, which meets regularly in Leach Hall at The Federated Church in Thomaston.

The Federated Church in Thomaston is located at 8 Hyler St., with services and Sunday school at 9:30 a.m. There is parking in the rear with handicapped/wheelchair access. All are welcome.

Submitted by Mary McKeever.