Residents of Highland are fortunate to have one of only three outreach centers of Ulster County Community Action in the hamlet. The anti-poverty agency provides services ranging from Head Start early education intervention to home weatherization to those in need. At the heart of the Highland center for several decades has been Joyce Wagner, its director, who is retiring from that position. She was honored with a Community Pride Award for her years of service at the February 17 Lloyd Town Board meeting.
“We were blessed when Joyce Wagner took over Community Action,” said Town Supervisor Paul Hansut. “So many people need their services,” he went on, and she has done an “absolutely phenomenal job” as director of the center. Hansut said that he considered Wagner and her “angels” to be his friends, referring to the staff members who work alongside her to deliver many critical services to town residents. “The residents will miss her, I will miss her and her angels will miss her,” he said.
On hand were three Scouts from Wagner’s family to present her with flowers: Nicholas, Maggie, and Basil Metz. Wagner tearfully accepted her award, gift and accolades.