West Amwell honors farmers, employee

The township honored farmers Dick and Elsie Gulick and longtime construction official Eugene Venettone.

By: Linda Seida
   WEST AMWELL — The Township Committee recently honored a longtime farming family and a veteran township employee who has retired.
   The committee passed resolutions July 18 to honor the Gulick family and Eugene Venettone, the township’s construction official and zoning official.
   Mr. Venettone retired earlier this summer after more than 30 years as a township employee.
   "He was our construction official for years, and later he took on the zoning officer’s position," said Committeeman William Corboy.
   Mr. Venettone, a Lambertville resident, also was an active official for many years in neighboring municipalities. He was a construction official in Hopewell Township, Delaware Township and Lambertville.
   "He’s a real fixture in the township, and he has served the township well," Mayor Ron Shapella said.
   According to the resolution passed in his honor, Mr. Venettone "served with integrity and forthright honesty," "caring and common sense" and "exemplified good citizenship and patriotic duty." Also, he "kept counsel for West Amwell Township after retiring from all other public duties in several neighboring townships."
   Lambertville Fire Inspector John Barczyk has been hired as the township’s interim construction and zoning official until a permanent replacement can be hired.
   Dick and Elsie Gulick farm more than 105 acres in the township, divided between plots on Gulick Roadand Rocktown-Lambertville Road. The resolution recognizes them as "important members of the West Amwell community" and acknowledges their strong support of agriculture. The resolution noted their family has been a prominent farming family in the township for at least three generations.
   In June, the Gulicks also were inducted onto the Farmer Honor Roll during the 23rd annual meeting of the Holcombe-Jimison Farmstead Museum.
   West Amwell’s resolution "places Dick and Elsie Gulick among the farmer families who have established farming as a focal point of our community, and all residents of West Amwell should acknowledge the Gulicks’ important role in this effort."
   Mr. Gulick, a former township mayor and committeeman, operates a dairy farm of 300 head of purebred Holsteins. He also grows hay, wheat, corn and soybeans.
   The state Board of Agriculture, the state Board of Managers and the Hunterdon Corn Club have presented him with awards for top yields.
   He has served as president of the Hunterdon County Board of Agriculture and was a member of the Hunterdon County Agriculture Development Board and the state Agriculture Board of Managers.