Highlanders For Responsible Development Choose Board President For 2020

In a press release dated February 11th, Highlanders for Responsible Development announced that at their January 15 Board meeting, Rick Lambert of Monterey was elected President of the Board of Directors for 2020.  Mary Hodges of Bath County is the new Vice President, Winifred Stephenson of Highland County is Secretary, and Lew Freeman of Highland County was elected Treasurer.

             HRD was formerly a Highland County-based organization but in 2018 expanded its Board and mission statement to include surrounding counties in the Allegheny Highlands area. HRD’s mission is “to promote stewardship of the unspoiled landscape, natural resources and exceptional quality of life of the Allegheny Highlands” and “support policies and activities that are based upon informed community discourse, democratic decision making, prudent land use and sustainable economic development.”

            Continuing on the Board for 2020 are:  Scott Ballin (Augusta County); Norm Bell (Highland County); Richard Brooks (Bath County); Rich Holman (Highland County); Allen Johnson (Pocahontas County); William Limpert (Bath County); Gary Robinson (Bath County); Jennette Robinson (Bath County); Lee Taplinger (Highland County); Larry Thomas (Pendleton County); Rick Webb (Highland County); Jack Wilson (Augusta County); and Mary Wilson (Augusta County).  Traci Hickson of Pendleton County was elected as a new Director.


For more information, contact Lew Freeman at 540-468-2769 or lewfreeman@gmail.com

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Scott Smith

Scott Smith is the General Manager for Allegheny Mountain Radio and Station Coordinator and News Reporter for WVLS. Scott’s family has deep roots in Highland County. While he did not grow up here, he spent as much time as possible on the family farm, and eventually moved to Highland to continue the tradition, which he still pursues with his cousin. Unfortunately, farming doesn’t pay all the bills, so he has previously taken other jobs to support his farming hobby, including pressman/writer for The Recorder, and Ag Projects Coordinator for The Highland Center. He lives in Hightown with wife Michelle and son Ethan. In his spare time, he wishes he had more spare time, especially to ride his prized Harley-Davidson motorcycle. scott@amrmail.org

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