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Crary to continue family legacy as newly elected Preston selectman

By Claire Bessette

Publication: The Day

Published November 16. 2013 4:00AM
Grandfather was first selectman for 36 years

Preston - Newly sworn-in Democratic Selectman Lynwood F. Crary doesn't expect to make the same impact on the town as his grandfather, who served in the top-elected spot for 36 years, or his great-grandfather, a state representative who started the first horse-drawn mail route through town.

Lynwood B. Crary presided during the state's big push to pave both state and local roads. The campaign was called "Get Connecticut out of the Mud," the new selectman said.

His father, Charles Crary, also served as a selectman in the 1970s and 1980s.

Crary, who officially takes office Tuesday, is excited about becoming the latest Crary to take a leadership role in town government.

The 12-year veteran of the Planning and Zoning Commission and current member of the Conservation Commission said he likes the direction the town is going and hopes to keep steady progress.

Crary's grandfather's image might be just a few feet away when Crary sits down for his first Board of Selectmen meeting Thursday. A framed color portrait of the longtime first selectman had hung in the Town Hall conference room until the room was recently painted. The portrait now leans against a wall on the floor but could return to a wall spot by next week.

First Selectman Robert Congdon lifted the portrait for attendees to see at Thursday's meeting shortly before the younger Crary was sworn in. Lynwood B. Crary died in 1981 when Lynwood F. Crary was 14.

Crary, 46, owns Charlyn Farm - whose name is a hybrid of his grandfather, Lynwood, and his father, Charles - and wants to keep Preston's agricultural heritage intact. He and his wife, Jennifer, have 12-year-old triplets, Peter, Hannah and Nathaniel.

He said his children are excited about dad's new elected position.

"They asked if we're going to have an inaugural parade," Crary said.

c.bessette@theday.com

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