DAVIDSON – Long-time Davidson resident Ralph Quackenbush will receive the 2010 G. Jackson Burney Community Service Award on Nov. 24 at 9:30 a.m. during a breakfast in the rotunda at Town Hall.
Town officials created the award in 2004 in honor of Burney, who served the town in many capacities.
Quackenbush moved to North Carolina in 1959 with his wife, Carol, and settled in Cornelius. Since then he has worked for and operated a number of area businesses, including Hirds & Sons Textile Company, the Tastee-Freeze in Cornelius and The Hub, a combination soda shop and general store at 123 N. Main St. that was the first food establishment in Davidson to serve all patrons regardless of race. Quackenbush also owned a furniture restoration store called The Workbench and taught furniture restoration at Central Piedmont Community College, until he retired in 1996.
Active at Davidson College Presbyterian Church, Quackenbush also played the recorder in the Davidson Renaissance Ensemble, served as first president of Davidson Community Players, has been treasurer for the Davidson Housing Coalition since 2000 and has volunteered as a parking officer for the Davidson Police Department since 1997.
For more information, contact Town Clerk Lillian Smith at 704-940-9610.