John Ford Sr. was recently honored by Katahdin Area Council, Boy Scouts of America, Waldo District, with the Golden Eagle Award at the fifth annual Golden Eagle dinner.  Some 120 people attended the dinner at University of Maine Hutchinson Center in Belfast.

Ford is a long-serving retired game warden, retired Waldo County sheriff, former state of Maine legislator, and popular author and speaker.

Speakers at the event included scouts Noah Robbins and Jesse Kulbe, who described their trip to Philmont, the Boy Scouts’ high adventure base in New Mexico.

Maine state Game Warden Aaron Cross spoke about the mentoring Ford had given him as a young warden. Attorney Lee Woodard and retired Maine State Trooper Mark Nickerson had a lot of fun roasting Ford. Never one to be outdone, Ford more than held his own in his humorous response. The crowd thoroughly enjoyed the exchange.

The Golden Eagle Dinner is held each year by the Boy Scouts to honor someone in the area who has performed exemplary community service to make where we live a better place. Previous recipients are the Flanagan family, owners of Viking Lumber; Dale Cross, director of Waldo County YMCA; Greg Dutch, owner of Dutch Chevrolet; and Wayne Hamilton, owner of Hamilton Marine.

Members of the steering committee for this year’s dinner were David and Dorothy Alling, Chris Aspinall, Dale Cross, Peter Williams, Paul Doody, Greg Dutch, Chris Eldridge, Jenness Robbins and James Robbins. Coordinators for the Boy Scouts were Chuck Major and Scott Harvey. Rollie’s Catering Service provided the meal.

Anyone who has a recommendation for future deserving candidates for the award is asked to contact a member of the steering committee.