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Essex-Willsboro Nutrition site took time on Tuesday to honor some of its biggest supporters its Retired Senior Volunteer Program

WILLSBORO The Essex-Willsboro Nutrition site took time on Tuesday to honor some of its biggest supporters its Retired Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP) volunteers. On April 17, a special recognition dinner was held at St. Philip of Jesus Church parish hall in Willsboro. Guests were invited for a free meal of stuffed chicken, and an awards presentation. Site manager Dennis Everleth said it was the first time the site held a recognition event for its senior volunteers. The volunteers help in many ways, including preparing and serving meals, programs at sites, and decorating the sites rooms. RSVP volunteers recognized at the event included Ida Atkinson, Rita Benedict, Arlene Bigelow, Mary Boardman, Thelma Doty, Dennis Everleth, Ed Grady, Irene Hulse, Linda Jaquish, Vaughn Jaquish, Bernice Marcotte, Loretta Meinsen, Howard Mero, Mae Mero, Victor Perry, Christine Provost and Doris Young. The volunteers received a framed certificate, flowers and a gift for the town of Essex. The nutrition site is operated by Adirondack Community Action Programs, and funded by the Office for the Aging. Seniors also took a moment to recognize the contribution to the site by Barbara Papineau, ACAPs director of Aging services, and Lucy Marx, coordinator of food services for ACAP. A lot of times we forget to express our appreciation for all the hard work these two people put into their job, said Everleth. So tonight we want to thank you both. Essex town employees Ron Jackson, Lois Sayward and Audrey Hoskins were also recognized for their ongoing support of the program. We could not function without such a dedicated staff in the Essex town offices. You have the heartfelt thanks of all of us, said Everleth. Three students from Willsboro Central School Amie Boardman, Shelby Stoker and Ben Rowe volunteered to help out with the recognition dinner by serving meals. Stoker, who invited her friends to help, said that showing gratitude to seniors was natural. If it wasnt for the seniors, we wouldnt be here, said Stoker, citing the contributions of prior generations to American society. Its in appreciation for all their hard work.

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