Dean Hower was recognized as an Outstanding Senior of Northampton County Aug. 6.
This annual award is given to seniors who have done a lot for their community over the years. Hower was honored for his work with Lehigh Township Rails to Trails, Delaware and Lehigh National Historic Corridor, Walnutport Canal Association and other organizations.
He spearheaded many projects with LTRT, including the renovation of the lock 25 area along the Walnutport towpath, the restoration of a concrete phone booth along the D&L trail and the creation of a path in the woods at Indian Trail Park. Hower also serves as the vice president of LTRT.
For the D&L, he does work as both a trail tender and an ambassador. During the Walnutport Canal Festival, Hower manages the free bicycle parking area.
Known to many people as “Dean the bike man,” he is involved with repairing and selling bikes. From the time his daughter was young, he has enjoyed riding and hiking area trails.
He lives in the Treichlers area of Lehigh Township with his wife, Barb. They have a daughter who lives in Pittsburgh.
CONTRIBUTED PHOTO Nancy Thatcher, left, president of Lehigh Township Rails to Trails, and Ann Terres, of the Advisory Council of the Agency on Aging, recognize Dean Hower as an Outstanding Senior of Northampton County Aug. 6.