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Bethany honors longest-serving, full-time village employee

Sanitation Plant Manager Sam Hubbard started his job on Groundhog Day 1983, and retired the same day this year.

The longest-serving full-time employee in the village of Bethany has been honored with his own day and building.

Sanitation Plant Manager Sam Hubbard started his job on Groundhog Day 1983, and retired the same day this year. The village of Bethany recognized Thursday Feb. 8, as Sam Hubbard day. The village also named the sanitation building after him.

Bethany's mayor said Hubbard was instrumental in the floods of 2004.

"After that flood - which severely damaged our plant facility - Sam and his brother Dave worked in-house and reconstructed the plant, saving us hundreds of thousands of dollars, which means of course that our customers had lower rates for decades,” said Bethany Mayor Patrick Sutherland.

Hubbard said he retired on groundhog day because he works in the dirt, just like a groundhog.

"I’m just so blessed,” Hubbard said. “I’m blessed by God, I’m bless by this town, which has put up with me. When you first come in you have to build that respect and I don't think I ever let that respect down from the town's point of view. It feels good; it really feels good."

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