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  • Retired educator, Lincoln Thaxter, was yesterday (October 10) installed as Custos of the parish of Portland.
  • The Governor-General, who officiated the ceremony, noted that the wealth of experience that Mr. Thaxter has garnered over the years and faithful service in the church, have prepared him to be an effective Custos.
  • Custos Thaxter, in his reply, stated that he will be seeking the support of his fellow Justices of the Peace, to employ strategies to curb indiscipline in the parish, especially among the youth.

Retired educator, Lincoln Thaxter, was yesterday (October 10) installed as Custos of the parish of Portland.

At the ceremony held at the College of Agriculture, Science and Education (CASE) in Port Antonio, the new Custos was hailed as a patriot and community stalwart.

Governor-General, His Excellency the Most Hon. Sir Patrick Allen, who officiated the ceremony, noted that the wealth of experience that Mr. Thaxter has garnered over the years as an educator, his ongoing involvement in the community, and faithful service in the church, have prepared him to be an effective Custos.

“Your life of commitment, education, discipline, volunteerism and character building are all values that are important to the citizens of Portland. They are values to be emulated by all, especially our youth,” the Governor-General said.

He said that while the Custos has already influenced many lives, with his new appointment, he will have the opportunity and the space to “make an even more significant impact on the lives of the people of Portland”.

Custos Thaxter, in his reply, stated that he will be seeking the support of his fellow Justices of the Peace, to employ strategies to curb indiscipline in the parish, especially among the youth.

He pointed out that one strategy that will be very useful in the process is the creation and maintenance of uniformed groups starting at the primary schools.

Custos Thaxter also called on parishioners to protect the natural environment so that the resources of the parish can benefit the generations to come.

“All Portlanders must understand that we must use the land and its resources wisely so that sustainability and not degradation is guaranteed,” he stated.

“The forests must not be plundered …the land must be given adequate rest so that there will be enough for all generations to come. We must teach in our homes, our schools, our place of work, and our churches, that the land does not belong to us; but we belong to the land. It was given to us in trust, and we must be faithful stewards and trustees of that which the Almighty has so generously bestowed upon us,” the new Custos said.

Mr. Thaxter served as teacher, vice principal, and principal at the Titchfield High School in Portland; principal of the Port Antonio Primary School, Old Harbour High in St. Catherine and Calabar High in Kingston, and has had long association with the cadet movement, and civic organisations.  He retired in January 2013.