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The Cheshire Democratic Women’s Club will present its Civic Pride Award to Joy and Arthur Hostage of Cheshire in recognition of their many years of service to the town. The award will be presented on Friday, Sept. 20 at 7 p.m. at the Cheshire Senior Center, 240 Maple Ave., at the club’s Viennese Night celebration.
Joy and Arthur Hostage have lived in Cheshire since 1952 and have served in numerous elected and volunteer positions. Joy was elected to the Town Council in 1983 and served for 12 years. During her time on the Town Council, she founded the town Beautification Committee and the Performing and Fine Arts Committee. After leaving the Town Council, she was appointed to the Cheshire Library Board, which she chaired for seven years and on which she still serves. She also serves on the State of Connecticut Library Board. Joy was a founder of the Cheshire Junior Women’s Club, is a member of the Cheshire Women’s Club, and a member of the League of Women Voters, She has also served as a deacon and trustee of the First Congregational Church in Cheshire.
Arthur is a World War II Army veteran who served in the Battle of the Bulge, and his unit liberated the Ohrdruf concentration camp in Germany. After returning from the war, Arthur graduated from Yale with a degree in Economics and founded Advanced Products in North Haven, a manufacturer of O-rings and sealing systems. Arthur has served as chairman of the Cheshire Economic Development Commission, chairman of the Friends of the Cheshire Public Library, board member of the Cheshire Historical Society, and served as the town historian. Both Joy and Arthur are lifetime members of the Cheshire Historical Society and Friends of the Cheshire Public Library.
Tickets to the Viennese Night celebration honoring the Hostages are $25 per person and are available at the door. More information is available at http://www.cheshiredem.org/news.html.