Ethel Jarvis honored for her county service
NEWPORT — Ethel V. Jarvis, a five-term Sullivan County Commissioner, between 1993 and 2017, was honored by the County Delegation and Board of Commissoners during an hour-long ceremony Monday.
Jarvis, now a resident at Woodlawn Care Center in Newport, was surrounded by relatives, friends and county employees.
Highlight of the affair was the presentation of two proclamations presented to Jarvis from the County Delegation and Board of Commissioners.
“Mrs. Jarvis took seriously her responsibility to protect and enhance the health and welfare of all Sullivan County residents, especially those living at Sullivan County Health Care and the Department of Corrections,” the delegation proclamation stated.
An active and committed Democrat, Jarvis was known for speaking her mind on behalf of the citizens, taxpayers and employees of Sullivan County and appreciated and was appreciated by her fellow County Commissioners and Delegates from both political parties, the proclamation stated.
The proclamation was read by Rep. John Cloutier, chairman of the Sullivan County Delegation.
The Board of Commissioners noted that Ethel Verna Clough was among the first (and select few) babies born in the county infirmary in Unity, delivered in 1931 by Dr. Henry Sanders.
Clough married James Jarvis and they raised their family in Unity while she worked first as a school teacher and later as administrative assistant.
The proclamation also mentioned that Jarvis advocated for fiscally responsible budgets on behalf of the taxpayers of Sullivan County.
The Sullivan County Board of Commissioners proclaimed its sincere appreciation to Jarvis for her many years of devoted service to the community.
It was signed by Commissioners Jeffrey Barrette, Bennie Nelson and George Hebert.
Others who spoke at the ceremony were County Attorney Marc Hathaway; Sullivan County Sheriff John Simonds; former State Representative Larry Converse of Claremont, and county employees Dodi Violette, Ted Purdy and Dave Berry. Ethel’s daughter, Susan Hastings, also spoke.
“Staff from the commissioner’s office presented Jarvis with a rather awesome scrapbook of her commissioner’s career,” according to Sullivan County Manager Jessie Levine.