On October 12 at Chautauqua Harbor Hotel in Celoron, Thomas A. Erlandson, of Frewsburg, will be presented the 2018 John D. Hamilton Community Service Award.
A graduate of Jamestown High School and Jamestown Community College, Thomas earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Biology from Franklin and Marshall College in Lancaster, Pa. and went on to earn his Master of Science in Entomology and PhD. in Zoology from University of Wisconsin.
The retired Jamestown Community College professor, taught a variety of biology and geology courses for 27 years. He also spent 30 years as a consultant for Forecon, Inc.
“During my years as a member of the Jamestown Community College faculty, I had the pleasure of meeting John Hamilton and interacting with him on several occasions,” Thomas said. “(John) set the standard for community service and I am greatly honored to be this year’s recipient of the award named for him.”
Although Thomas has been involved with many environmental and water quality organizations over the past several decades, currently he serves as a member of the South and Center Chautauqua Lake Sewer District Board, Chautauqua Lake and Watershed Management Alliance Science Committee, and Chautauqua Lake Harmful Algae Bloom Steering Committee. He is also the biology advisor and a board member with the Chautauqua Lake Partnership.
Reservations for the banquet on October 12 can be made by contacting the Community Foundation at (716) 661-3390 by October 1. The cost is $50 per person and includes a full dinner menu.