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Longtime volunteer to resign Conway posts

CONWAY — Longtime volunteer and committee member David Barten is stepping back from his several town posts.

Barten is a member of the Historical Commission, the 250th Anniversary Celebration Committee and the Planning Board. This week, he submitted his resignation letter to the selectmen, which they accepted.

Barten will stagger his resignations. On Sept. 4, he will step down from the Historical Commission and the 250th Anniversary Celebration Committee, along with the historic subcommittee of that group.

In May, Barten’s three-year seat on the Planning Board expires, and he won’t seek re-election. He will also no longer be the Planning Board’s representative to the Community Preservation Committee.

He will keep his post as trustee of the Field Memorial Library for one to two years to finish archiving the books.

“It’s a big change for me,” said Barten. “I’ve enjoyed the work. I hope people pick up my seats and carry on.”

Barten’s decision to resign is a family consideration, he said.

“I’m needed here at home,” Barten said.

Barten began devoting much of his time to town affairs when he retired as a professional sculptor in 2008 and joined the Historical Commission.

Barten graduated from Cornell University in New York in 1965, where he worked as a sculptor and historian. Later, he worked at the Waldorf School of Garden City in Long Island as a chairman of the faculty.

Seeking the country life, Barten and his wife left Long Island in 1967 for western Massachusetts.

Conway caught Barten’s eye when he attended an event at the United Congregational Church, where Archibald MacLeish, a distinguished poet, playwright, assistant secretary of state and the librarian of Congress, spoke.

“The place was packed. It put Conway on the map for us,” Barten said.

In 1990, the Bartens moved to Conway.

You can reach Kathleen McKiernan at:
kmckiernan@recorder.com
or 413-772-0261 ext. 268.

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