by Lisa Tome
Not everyone knows his name, but they certainly know his wave.
For almost 15 years, "Hoppy" Hammond has been sitting on the span along Elkton's Bridge Street, greeting drivers morning and night. On Friday, June 5, town officials honored Hammond, placing a plaque on the bridge where Hammond sits.
"The man brings tears to my eyes. He brings hope. He is our vision. I believe Hoppy is what our town can be like - that positive energy and buzz throughout the town. Our community will go so much further with people like him," said Mayor Rob Alt.
Hammond was honored by town officials in 2011. He received a proclamation. They decided to do more several weeks ago.
"Hoppy Hammond brings an early start to a positive day. Seeing him early in the morning gives you a different way of thinking. Whatever you're dealing with at the time, he provides a positive feeling of excitement. You never see him when he's not smiling," said Elkton town commissioner Earl Piner.
"He means everything to the Town of Elkton. He is the ambassador," said commissioner Mary Jo Jablonski.