Topsham to honor longtime public servant

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TOPSHAM — After nearly 50 years of public service, Don Russell is getting a party.

The 79-year-old, who has lived in the same Winter Street house since the age of 6 months, and served on the Board of Selectmen from 2002 to 2005, and again since 2009, said in August that he would not to seek re-election.

Russell has also served on the Planning Board (2006-2009), School Administrative District 75 Board of Directors (2006-2008), Local Redevelopment Authority for the Topsham Navy Annex (2005-2008), Sagadahoc Budget Advisory Committee (2002-2008), and for 33 years on the Board of Appeals, including 28 years as chairman. He has also served on the Board of Assessment Review.

The town will honor Russell at the Topsham Municipal Building, 100 Main St., from 5-6:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 30. Those who plan to attend are asked to RSVP with Administrative Assistant Rose Woodd at