Deb Degan honored as Wilton’s Citizen of the Year


Monadnock Ledger-Transcript

Published: 03-21-2023 9:00 AM

During a brief break during Wilton’s Town Meeting on Thursday evening, Select Board Chair Kermit Williams took a moment between articles to speak of the contributions of Wilton resident Deb Degan, and to award her Wilton’s Citizen of the Year.

Willams spoke of Degan’s longtime membership, and her time as an officer, of the Souhegan Lions Club, along with the work she has done with charities through the club, including support of the Open Cupboard Food Pantry and presenting scholarships to students of Wilton-Lyndeborough Cooperative High School.

Degan has also been active as a member of the Second Congregational Church, supporting charitable activities and church life.

“But I think the most people know our honoree through knitting,” Williams said. “I was thinking about knitting as I watched the snow fall in Wilton this week, and read about multiple power outages. You really can’t appreciate a hand-knit hat, gloves or sweater more than when you’re sitting in a cold house or shoveling two feet of snow. I think dozens of people learned to knit or improve their skills courtesy of our honoree.”

Degan opened The Woolery Yarn Shop, selling fine yarns and knitting accessories, in 2000, and ran it until her retirement in 2015.

“While she is retired and closed the store, I’m confident there are thousands of hand-knit items in WIlton and other towns keeping us all cozy this winter. So please give our Citizen of the Year, Deb Degan, a warm round of thanks,” Williams said, before calling Degan to the front to present her with a plaque honoring her service to the town.

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