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Schroon Lake senior citizen honored

SCHROON LAKE A retired state legislative aide has been honored for her contributions to the community. Marilyn Butler is the 2008 Schroon Lake Senior Citizen of the Year. Butler was selected by the Schroon Lake Senior Citizens Club and was feted at a dinner June 3. Nearly 70 people attended. Butler and her husband, Jim, are key members of the local senior club, according to Lorraine Erikson, club president. They are very active in the Schroon Lake Senior Citizens Club as volunteers, Erikson said. Marilyn is a volunteer van driver, is first vice president and recently she has taken over the job of editor of the clubs popular newsletter. She also works on the special events committee which plans trips, parties and events for the seniors, Erikson said. Her husband, Jim, has been on the board several See SCHROON, page 20 years and serves as club treasurer. Marilyn Butler was born in Albany in 1938. She lived in the small community of Glenmont until she was age 12 , when her family moved to Clarksville, an even smaller village at the foot of the Helderberg Mountains. Butler graduated from Bethlehem Central High School in Delmar in 1956. In the late 1950s she was employed by the New York State Thruway Authority for three years. Her boss son happened in to the office one day to visit his father, Erikson said. He was dressed in his ROTC uniform and Marilyn thought he was very handsome. He was to become her husband a few years later. Butler graduated from Moody Bible Institute in Chicago, majoring in Christian education. She returned to New York State and was employed by the state legislature for the next 28 years in the Legislative Bill Drafting Commission and retired in 1993. Marilyn married Jim Butler on June 1, 1963. They adopted three children, two daughters and a son, who is now deceased. Their oldest daughter, Kristi and son-in-law Peter, have blessed them with two grandchildren, a boy and a girl. They live in Lehi, Utah. Their youngest daughter, Kimi, lives in the Colonie area. The Butlers retired to Schroon Lake in 1998 after spending many vacations in the area. They attend Mountainside Bible Chapel. Marilyn and Jim's hobby through the years has been raising, breeding and showing Siberian Husky dogs, Erikson said. Currently they breed, raise and show a rare breed called Alaskan Klee Kai a true miniature husky. It is a great size for retired folks. Marilyn and Jim were the first breeders on the East Coast to own and introduce the breed, Erikson added. They were the founders of the first United Kennel Club-recognized Alaskan Klee Kai breed dog club in the Northeast. Marilyn also enjoys outdoor activities such as gardening, boating, fishing or just taking a walk in the woods, Erikson concluded.

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