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The following is an edited excerpt of a June 27 letter to staff writer Mary Arata from the mother of a man profiled in the Harvard Hillside, who was named by the Harvard Board of Selectmen as the Extraordinary Service Award winner for 2010.

There aren’t enough words in my vocabulary to thank you for the exceptional article you put together, with pictures, to tell of my son Rick’s dedication to the removal of the Asian weeds from Bare Hill Pond. When I saw the paper, I decided that our whole family should see it, so with 14 copies, I sent out 10 to seven states from here to Alaska, and one to a friend in Texas. I left three for me and two close friends.

I was up at 3 a.m. Saturday to write short notes to go with the 11 I sent. Of course, I had to show it off at Life Care, let one lady read the whole thing while we waited for a musical program. In sending them, I used the first six pages, so I could have the great article about Pam Marston’s pony go, too. Just realized you also wrote that one.

Thank you again for letting all those who read the Harvard Hillside know about my son, because I think he’s extraordinary, too.

NANCY FULLER DICKSON

Harvard