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Raymond E. Closson was one of the founding fathers of the Southern New Hampshire Planning Commission. Long dedicated to regional cooperation and collaboration, Ray served as the commission’s second chairman (1969-1971) and as a commission member for over 20 years. In addition to his long volunteer service to the planning commission, Ray was honored with the Greater Manchester Chamber of Commerce Citizen of the Year award in 1980. In presenting the award, the chamber lauded Ray’s many years of civic leadership and volunteerism, particularly recognizing his efforts in restoring and refurbishing the city’s Weston Observatory. The Raymond E. Closson Award is presented in recognition of those volunteers in the region who have made significant contributions to sound community and regional planning and helped foster inter-municipal cooperation and collaboration.
James W. Tethers worked at the Southern New Hampshire Planning Commission for 29 years and served as the Chief Planner and the Assistant Executive Director. The James W. Tethers Award is presented in recognition of those professionals in the region who have made significant contributions to sound community and regional planning above and beyond their professional duty.