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Colleagues say retiring Don Hopkins' experience, energy will be missed

When Don Hopkins tendered his resignation to the Sweet Home Fire and Ambulance District Board of Directors earlier this month, it marked the end of more than 50 years of public service in the Sweet Home community.

Hopkins began serving on the Sweet Home Rural Fire District Board of Directors a little more than 50 years ago, and he continued to serve after the formation of the new Fire and Ambulance District on Jan. 1, 2001.

"I have enjoyed my 50 years on the board and working with the fellow board members over the years," Hopkins said in his letter of resignation during the board's regula...