Photo courtesy of the House Republican Web site

The Derby/Shelton Rotary Club plans to build a pavilion at the Shelton Riverwalk to honor deceased Shelton resident and lawmaker, Richard Belden.

Belden, who died Aug. 20, 2007, was the Connecticut Deputy Republican Leader-at-Large and had a long history of public service in the Valley.

Belden was first elected to the state House of Representatives in 1974 and was the longest continuously serving member of the House at the time of his death.

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