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Senior volunteers honored at annual recognition ceremony

PORT HENRY Retired Senior Volunteer Program participants were honored during the agencys 34th annual recognition ceremony Oct. 1. Nearly 200 people turned out to cite RSVP and its members at the Port Henry Knights of Columbus. Many of our constituents depend on the services you provide on a daily basis, said Moriah Supervisor Tom Scozzafava, speaking for the Essex County Board of Supervisors. Their quality of life would not be want it is without you. Nearly 500 RSVP volunteers logged more than 60,394 hours of service at 93 locations in Essex County during the past year, according to Patsy McCaughin, RSVP director. She thanked them for their volunteer efforts. So did Assemblywoman Teresa Sayward. Every year it seems to get bigger and better, she said of RSVP. There are more volunteers who give so much to their communities. Government cant do everything and we dont do things as well as you do. Port Henry Mayor Gary Cooke and Judith Feigenbaum, area director for Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Ogdensburg, local sponsoring agency, also praised the RSVP volunteers. Joe Provoncha, Essex County clerk and a member of the RSVP Community Advisory Group, acted as master of ceremonies. Very Important Volunteer Awards were presented to RSVP volunteers for their outstanding work in the past year. Cited were Nancy Dowling of Schroon Lake, John Steen of Bloomingdale, Emma Williams of Ticonderoga, Barbara Mero of Willsboro, Frank Montbriand of Ticonderoga, Tom Morse of Mineville, Elaine Bailey of Lake Placid, Phyllis Smith of Westport, Jerry Johnson of Port Henry, Catherine Engert of Jay, Lillian Lang of Crown Point and and Loretta Barber of Ticonderoga. A Decade Award was presented to the Keene Neighborhood House for serving as an RSVP volunteer station for 10 years. A special award was presented to Jay Supervisor Randy Douglas for his support to RSVP. Special gifts were presented to RSVP volunteers Archie Rosenquist of Port Henry, Janis Rock of Elizabethtown, Frances Moore of Lake Placid, Marilyn Cross of Ticonderoga, Madge Genier of Mineville, Joan Daby of Port Henry, Anna Beebe of Port Henry and Sue Thatcher of Ticonderoga. Special gifts were also presented to station directors Gail Bombard of Bloomingdale and Kim Gould of Schroon Lake. Volunteers also received many door prizes. A dinner was catered by the Essex County Nutrition Program for the Elderly and served to the volunteers by students from Moriah Central School and friends of RSVP. RSVP is a community-based program where people help people of all ages through volunteerism, thereby, meeting basic human needs., McCaughin said. This salute to the volunteers is a small reward for all that they do for their communities. Special thanks to everyone who helped make this day a success. RSVP is sponsored by the Corporation for National and Community Service and Catholic Charities. RSVP is a United Way Agency.

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