11 Dec Swansboro man recognized for environmental efforts
The Swansboro Board of Commissioners awarded the town’s community service award for this year to Mike McHugh on Tuesday, Dec. 3. So, what has McHugh been up to to earn this honor? He, along with his canine buddy Kaycee, has been faithfully picking up litter he finds along this coastal town’s roadways and waterways.
According to JDNews.com, McHugh personally initiated his commitment to maintaining Swansboro’s natural beauty shortly after moving there in 2001. McHugh’s initiative inspired his fellow resident Mary Ellen Yanick to nominate him for Swansboro’s Samuel Swann Bland Outstanding Community Service Award. This award was established to honor the legacy of leadership of Sam Bland who served as a longtime superintendent for Hammocks Beach State Park until he retired.
Since McHugh began his commitment to the maintenance of his community’s beauty, he has collected more than 13,000 pounds of steel and nearly 20,000 pounds of aluminum.
The Swansboro Board of Commissioners recognizes a community member for extraordinary service annually. They base their choice of the award recipient on five criteria.
Yanick wrote the following in her nomination.
“I can think of no better personification of Sam Bland’s values and vision than Mike and his efforts to protect and preserve the natural beauty of our area.”
About Mike McHugh
McHugh is a former employee of the Daily News. He currently serves as executive director of the Swansboro Area Chamber of Commerce, and is involved with the community in other ways.
He talked about his reaction at receiving this reward. “I was pleasantly surprised then quickly honored and humbled to receive such a prestigious award,” he said. “I’ve always strived to make an impact and positive influence in the communities in which I live, and picking up trash along our town’s roadways and shorelines has been my passion since my wife and I moved to Swansboro in 2001.”
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