By Kim Staudinger
Everyone who knows Wells Lamey also knows he always has something to say, whether it's a simple hello, how are you doing, or a general conversation about, well, anything.
Friday night after receiving the Dr. James Elliott Memorial Award at halftime of the Havre High School football game, Lamey was at a loss for words.
"I'm speechless," he said. "It's such a huge honor."
Lamey, who was a close friend of Elliott, said receiving an award in the late physician's honor makes it that much more special.
"I'm doubly honored because of who I am supposed to get the award for in Jim and for Booster Club thinking I was worthy," he said.
The award will be given out annually and is based on volunteerism, personal and professional sacrifice for the community, and dedication to the betterment of Blue Pony activities.
Lamey is a popular face at all high school and college sporting events in Havre and baseball games in the summer. He often will travel to the numerous divisional and state meets throughout the year.
Lamey also volunteers time at grade schools, reading with the students, among other activities for the community.
"I just do the things I enjoy," he said. "It's fun to be honored for something I like to do."
The following are quotes from letters people wrote in nominating Lamey:
"His commitment to youth begins at the students' early age when he volunteers his time to read with them in the classroom," one letter said.
Another letter said: "He sees the time he spends in support of our kids as an honor and a privilege and a whole lot of fun."
"I believe that every minute he breathes, he has the best interests of Havre Public Schools and the Havre community at heart," another letter said.
"The children in this town know Wells by name and have come to expect that he will be at their events," said another.
The award came as a surprise for Lamey.
"I am glad enough people thought of me," he said during an interview Saturday.
"I really really appreciate it. I have to thank anybody who ever did anything to help me get it."
The selection was made by the Booster Club executive board. Elliott served as a physician in Havre for many decades and served as team physician until he retired several years ago. He died in 2000.