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Eugene Wright stands on the back deck at his cabin Monday on Brake Hill in Homer. Wright was recently recognized for 50 years of service by the Cortland County Soil and Water Conservation District.
Man’s environmental efforts honored
HOMER — As the Cortland County Soil and Water Conservation District celebrates70 years of service to the community, Eugene Wright, chairman of its board of directors, has reached a milestone ofhis own.
This year marks his50th year with the agency — 46th as chairman — and from his home on Brake Hill Road on Monday afternoon, he said time flies when you’re doing what you love.
Wright, 88, grew up in Johnson City on his family farm, one of the oldest in Broome County, before moving to Cortland County shortly after graduating from Cornell University in 1950.
Walter Wright is Eugene’s youngest brother. He still works on the Fourth Wright farm, the family farm in Johnson City.
Walter Wright confirmed Tuesday morning his brother has always loved farm work and had a reputation for taking care of animals. From raising piglets after the sow died giving birth and even convincing his family to keep bees for a time, his older brother was a ways encouraging his siblings to be good stewards of the land, he said.
In addition, Eugene Wright was a leader, and given his humility and commitment, Walter Wright said he wasn’t surprised to hear Cortland County residents were recognizing his brother for 50 years of service.
“He was always the big brother,” Wright said. “From my point of view, he was always somebody I looked up to.”