The Thomaston Historical Society recently honored Valmore Blastow Jr. for what it termed "his tireless dedication and selfless loyalty to Thomaston." Blastow is in his 28th year as town manager of Thomaston. In presenting him with a certificate of lifetime membership in the Historical Society, Susan Devlin, Historical Society president, noted that “Val [is] a man who would do anything for this town, his family and his friends. We are blessed to have him in our town and as a friend.“

The accompanying citation noted that in implementing the tasks assigned to him by the Select Board, Blastow does this complex job with a constant eye towards maintaining reasonable and effective budgets to give the best possible service to ensure the town prospers. Devlin also noted that Blastow brings to his job an appreciation and love of historic architecture so important to Thomaston.

The award was made the evening of Dec. 7 during the Historical Society’s annual Home for the Holidays reception. About 100 people were there to attend the reception and honor Blastow. His partner, Debbie Wharton, and son, Ryan, were at his side.