Emerson to be honored at Scout dinner

NORWICH – Tickets are available for a dinner recognizing Thomas Emerson as the 2012 Distinguished Citizen of the Year and for his outstanding achievements in Chenango County.

Emerson will be honored by the local Boy Scouts of America at a dinner to be held at 6 p.m. on Thursday, May 10 at the Canasawacta Country Club in Norwich. Selection was made for the award by a committee of local citizens which includes past recipients, and is co-chaired by Dave and Mary El Emerson. Last year’s recipient was George Echentile.

Emerson was born in Terrace Bay, Ontario, Canada on the northern shore of Lake Superior. By Tom’s fifth birthday, his family had moved back to Oxford. The Emerson family moved to Chenango County from Candia, New Hampshire in 1806. Tom has resided in Oxford except for the years spent at Allegheny College in Meadville PA (BA 1970) and Syracuse University College of Law (JD 1973). He met his wife Bonnie in second grade and they started dating in fifth grade. They both graduated from Oxford Academy in 1966. They were married in St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Oxford in 1969 and have four children and nine grandchildren: son Nathaniel (teacher in Norwich), lives in Oxford with his wife Courtney (also a teacher), and children Samantha (8) and Sylas (5); daughter Katharine ( homemaker) and husband Garry Root (Director of Community Relations for UHS-Chenango Memorial Hospital and videographer/owner of Visual Roots) live in Preston with children Delaney (9), Sophia (8), Spencer (5) and Layla (3); daughter Mary (pediatric sensory integration occupational therapist), lives in Oxford with husband Greg LaMonica (NBT Financial Services) and their children Quinnlin (5), Emerson (3) and Paxton (1); and daughter Jennifer (teacher) lives in Dryden with her husband Sten Anderson (graduate student) and their dog Simon.

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