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Findholt receives Service Award

CHESTERTOWN At 2 p.m. on Saturday Sept. 13, at the Chester Library, Marigrace Findholt will receive the Mary Murphy Service Award given by the Friends of the Chester Library for her many years of volunteer service to the library. Findholt and her husband, Elwood, retired from Monsey, NY in 1985 to live in Chestertown where they built their present home on Loon Lake. It was at this time that the town lost its book-mobile, the only lending library closer than Glens Falls. Findholt and her husband joined the vanguard of local citizens determined to create a library for the Town of Chester. With Janet Zachara and Evangeline Mills, 2007 service award recipients, petitions were signed to convince the Town Board of the need for a town library. And the rest, they say, is history. Findholt was among the three or four volunteers in the first library set up in what is today the flower shop on Main Street. It was there that she received her first training from librarian, Adeline Raisner. She helped move the library to its second location, the storefront, which today is Susan Brands Hair Salon. It soon became clear that the library needed a bigger and better space. While her husband and others like Lloyd Greenidge and Bob Bartholomew busied themselves with setting up shelves in the new library at the Chester Municipal Center, Marigrace faced the daunting task of learning the computer language that keeps a modern library running. It was a lot of hard work and required a lot of patience to learn the skills, but it kept me sharp, she said. I always looked forward to Thursday, to seeing the variety of people, very nice people who came into the library. The library staff are the very best people to work with. The Friends of the Library invite the public to honor Marigrace Findholt for her years of volunteering. Refreshments will be served.

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