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Hawthorne Utility Director Larry Grant received the “Chuck the Duck Award Excellence in Public Outreach” trophy from Ryan Kolda of Nevada Rural. The award is on display at the utilities office.

Hawthorne Utilities was recently awarded the 2016 “Chuck the Duck Award Excellence in Public Outreach” trophy.

The department received the award at the 2017 Nevada Rural Water Conference held in March.

Chuck the Duck is the Nevada Rural Water mascot, created by Teresa Taylor, for rural utilities to educate children and parents on the importance of tap water and water issues in Nevada, water conservation, water contaminants and wastewater issues.

Chuck the Duck has appeared in Hawthorne many times in the Armed Forces Day and Christmas parades. This year he will make an appearance at the Earth Day event on April 22 as well as visiting school children.