Farmington town report dedicated to Richard W. Wilde

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Richard Wilde stands with his wife, Crystal, after he was presented with the first copy of the Farmington annual town report on Tuesday at the Forum at the Mount Blue Campus. The report, presented by Town Manager Richard Davis, is dedicated to Wilde for his many hours of volunteer work in the community. "Nothing would be possible without my loving wife of 33 years," said Wilde, a computer technology instructor at Foster Career and Technical Education Center at the campus.

By Ann Bryant, Staff Writer

FARMINGTON — A computer technology instructor at Foster Career and Technical Education Center was stunned and feeling at a loss for words Tuesday when town officials surprised him at the Mt. Blue Campus.

The annual Farmington town report is dedicated to Richard W. Wilde this year. The report is now available for Farmington’s annual town meeting planned for 7 p.m. Monday, March 27, at the Community Center. Voting, for an uncontested election of two Selectmen and two School Board members, takes place from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.

The first town report was given to Wilde by Town Manager Richard Davis who voiced how Wilde has given “immeasurable hours of service to the Farmington community and to educating students.”

Town Report committee members Linda Smith, Nancy Twitchell and Cindy Gelinas, planning assistant, along with students in one of Wilde’s computer technology class and his wife, Crystal, watched as the surprise was revealed.

Richard Wilde stands with his wife, Crystal, after he was presented with the first copy of the Farmington annual town report on Tuesday at the Forum at the Mount Blue Campus. The report, presented by Town Manager Richard Davis, is dedicated to Wilde for his many hours of volunteer work in the community. “Nothing would be possible without my loving wife of 33 years,” said Wilde, a computer technology instructor at Foster Career and Technical Education Center at the campus.

(Ann Bryant/Franklin Journal)

Wilde said he had been called to the office and his students were suppose to report to the Forum. He was pondering what what that might mean. His face showed his stunned confusion as he walked into the Forum. Then he saw his wife and said he figured it was not anything too bad.

Committee members, including Alvin Da Costa, Edmund Lewis, Marjorie Goodwin, Cindy Gelinas, planning assistant, Smith, Twitchell and Davis, chose Wilde for the dedication a few months ago. Someone suggested Wilde be considered for the honor and members agreed, Gelinas said.

The dedication acknowledges Wilde’s work on Sundays at Ron’s Market in Farmington. The wages earned fund the Wilde Foundation Scholarship, which he founded, and provides three $700 scholarships a year for non-educational expenses incurred as the students continue their education.

Two awards are given to Mt. Blue students and one to a Foster CTE student.

Wilde said he has worked the extra day at Ron’s for ten years and another year at a Big Apple store to benefit the scholarship fund.

Richard W. Wilde, left, a computer technology instructor at Foster Career and Technical Education Center, was surprised with a town report dedicated to him Tuesday by Town Manager Richard Davis at the Mt. Blue Campus.

(Ann Bryant/Franklin Journal)

Wilde has also been a mentor for the first Robotics team – the Blue Crew Team 6153 – which has competed in many events.

The competition “showcases skills employers look for such as communication, teamwork, cooperation, meeting deadlines and problem-solving,” he previously said.

He has also coached T-Ball and been an assistant coach for the Farmington Youth Football.

“I love Farmington. It is a great community,” Wilde said. “I feel I need to give back.”

But, Wilde was quick to admit he was blown away by the surprise. He had no idea even though his wife had known for some time.

“Nothing is possible without the help of my loving wife of 33 years,” he said.

Wilde was a graduate of Mt. Blue High School in 1980 and graduated from Norwich University in Northfield, Vermont, with a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration.

He is a member of Maine Masonic Lodge #20, Elks Lodge #2430 and Sons of the American Legion Post #28.

In his spare time, he likes to golf and work on genealogy, he said.

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Students in Richard Wilde’s computer technology class at Foster Career and Technical Education Center at the Mt. Blue Campus in Farmington attended a surprise presentation for Wilde on Tuesday. Farmington Town Manager Richard Davis presented Wilde with the first copy of the annual town report, which is dedicated to Wilde. From left are Reed Stevens, Jacob Brochu, Wilde, James McBean, Deron Hiscock, Don Frank, Nate Frost and Joe Crandall.

(Ann Bryant/Franklin Journal)

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