Originally published in The Weekly Packet, March 8, 2018
Pert honored for decades of service
Colby Pert, right, receives a standing ovation for his service from voters and, from left, school board members Sommer Anderson, Susan Ford and Michele Levesque, and newly elected Second Selectman Robert Publicover.
by Anne Berleant
Former Second Selectman Colby Pert, who stepped down Saturday after two years into his final term, was recognized with the Sedgwick Spirit of America award for his three decades of service on several boards, “wearing many hats and filling in as needed,” Third Selectman Ben Astbury said.
“He is strong in conviction, served the town with strong leadership [and] was able to disagree without being disagreeable,” Astbury said
Pert served on the former SAD school board in the early 1970s, and on the planning board, board of appeals, as code enforcement officer, and as selectman. He was treated to a standing ovation and a down vest emblazoned with his name, the American flag, and the Sedgwick town seal.
“I’m overwhelmed,” Pert said. “Thank you for putting up with me all these years.”