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Darby native Hannah Honey is the new coordinator for the Hamilton Downtown Association.

HAMILTON – The Hamilton Downtown Association has a new coordinator.

Darby native Hannah Honey said she looks forward to “getting people fired up in Hamilton.”

“I’m interested in getting people to be an active part in making their community be the place that they want to live,” Honey said. “I’ll be getting people excited to be involved and ready to contribute, volunteer, put on community events, shop locally and give back to nonprofits. When we shop locally it helps everyone from the small businesses to the people that work here to the nonprofits to the schools. It all feeds into each other.”

Honey said she works with downtown businesses that meet at 8:30 a.m. on the second Thursday of each month in the basement of the Bitterroot Public Library.

“All members are invited and we’re trying to be the unified voice of our business community. So, if there are things you want to see happen in the community, come to the meeting and bring them up,” Honey said. “We can talk about getting them supported and getting them done.”

The Hamilton Downtown Association coordinates First Friday events throughout the year. Honey said they will not have First Friday events in January or February, but will start the year in March.

Honey graduated from Darby High School and Duke University and had been away from the valley for seven years.

“I moved back in August. The Bitterroot Valley and the mountains were calling me home,” Honey said. “I am an AmeriCorps member at Bitterroot College, and I work with the high schools in the valley on college access.”

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Honey works part time for the college and part time for Hamilton Downtown Association.

“They work really well together,” Honey said. “I feel like in the two months I’ve been working in downtown Hamilton I know so many people and am greeted by people who know me. Everyone has been super welcoming and excited about the stuff I’m doing.”

Susan Wetzsteon of Mikesell’s Fine Jewelry said, “The HDA thanks Russ Lawrence for his years of dedication and hard work.”

“We welcome Hannah aboard,” Wetzsteon said.

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Reach reporter Michelle McConnaha at 363-3300 or michelle.mcconnaha@ravallirepublic.com.

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