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Manlius village trustee serves more than 50 years as public servant

Hopkinson has also been honored by other local organizations. In 2006, he earned the DeWitt Clinton Masonic Award for Community Service; he was voted Citizen of the Year by the Fayetteville Central City Masonic Lodge No. 305; and he was given the Certificate of Award Excellence in Community Service by the Daughters of the American Revolution.

Aside from being an engineer and lifelong public servant, Hopkinson is an artist and a blacksmith. Shortly after his wife Betty and he moved here from Maine, the Manlius Historical Society obtained a farm blacksmith shop for its museum site. Hopkinson picked up the hobby fast, mostly reproducing early kitchen utilities such as tabletop trivets with legs for coal raking. He would also make his own designs of swans and such. Eventually, Hopkinson joined the Artists Blacksmiths Association of North America, and was one of the founders of the New York State Designer Blacksmiths Organization. In 1978, he began demonstrating blacksmithing at the museum each weekend for a number of years. He gave up that particular hobby last year but still creates art out of pastels, a medium he deliberately chose to challenge himself.

"My paintings are too mechanical. I studied mechanical engineering and so I thought maybe pastels would force me away from the rigid lines," he said. "It didn't work."

Hopkinson and his wife Betty have six kids, four boys and two girls. The couple has made Manlius their home for 57 years.

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