"I thought I will never last," she said.
But not long after, the Representative Town Meeting would be embroiled in an important debate over whether to build a new high school on Hillside Road. And as the longest continuously serving member of the RTM, Caldwell has been involved in many important votes, and seen the town change from a small upcountry town to what it is today, she said....
"We've had them all," he said.
Since its inception, more than 2450 residents have served on the RTM, with an average of 6.7 years per term.
During the ceremony, First Selectman Peter Tesei, a former RTM member, read a proclamation congratulating the RTM for its service and the longevity of the institution.
Tesei also recalled when he first joined the RTM that a former first selectman told him it will be one of the best experiences of his lifetime.....
"This is an outstanding milestone," Powers said.