The Presque Isle Rotary Club recently honored Ed and Barbara Hews with Paul Harris Fellow awards, one of the most prestigious awards in Rotary. The couple, who have been married for (70) years, received their awards for a lifetime of service to their community and their many contributions to the club.
 
Pausing for a photo after the recognition presentation are, from left, front row, past Presque Isle Rotary Club President Mike MacPherson; Debi Hews; Jane Lockhart; Paul Harris Award recipients Ed and Barbara Hews, and Presque Isle Rotary Club President Elect Gina LeBlanc-Eggert; back row, Mark Hews; Jay Lockhart; and Suzanne and Ray Hews (son of Ed Hews and also a past President of the Presque Isle Rotary Club).
 
Specifically, Ed Hews was a seed potato grower in Presque Isle and was one of the first producers to sell potatoes for chipping in Aroostook.  In the 1960’s he hosted a live T.V. show for WAGM TV call Today in Agriculture which was widely watched throught Aroostook County.  Later he also hosted the Potato Pickers Special program. In 1969 he received a political appointment to serve in the USDA in Washington DC.  He held several senior level positions including being the Chief Operation Officer for the National Federal Crop Insurance Program.  He served under four presidents until his retirement in 1988. While in Washington he was President of the Maine State Society and President of the National Conference of State Societies.  Ed joined Rotary in 1952 and was a director of the Presque Isle Rotary Club in 1958 when the Gold Brick Program started.  He became an Honorary Rotarian in 1998. Ed and Barbara have been members of the Methodist Church for over 60 years. In addition, Barbara Hews has served as a Cub Scout leader and has been active with the United Methodist Women's groups both in Presque Isle and McClean, Va.