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Simmes says she may return to public service

BOLTON LANDING - A gala sendoff party held recently to honor the town of Bolton's chief executive was a popular and appreciated event, attendees and organizers reported this week.

The festive affair was held as a tribute to Town Supervisor Kathleen Simmes, who is stepping down from her post as of Dec. 31. She announced the move months ago, citing that she wanted to spend more time with her family.

But this week, Simmes told the Adirondack Journal that her retirement from local politics might be temporary - that she might run in 2011 for a seat on the Bolton Town Board.

"The commitment of time is incredible for the supervisor post, with the extensive job between the town and county," she said. "But If I could serve on the town council, I'd love to do that."

The party was held Dec. 5 at the Bolton Conservation Park, - a facility for which Simmes launched a redevelopment plan.

The event, included a pot luck dinner, entertainment, and plenty of socializing.

Simmes said she was happy that a capacity crowd of 80 showed up, had a good time, and and wished her well.

"It was wonderful, and I was absolutely thrilled," she said.

Serving as deejay was Charlie Giknis of Absolute Sound.

Simmes reflected this week on her thoughts about retirement from the supervisor post, thoughts that were prompted by talking with the well-wishers.

Elected Bolton Town Supervisor in 2007, Simmes has served one two-year term in the post. Beforehand, she served as Town Clerk from Aug. 1979 through 2007.

"Over these years as Supervisor and Town Clerk, I've seen generations of Bolton residents come and go - it's kind of sad - and I've witnessed many other changes in town as well," she said. "But I'm so grateful to have had the job."

At the party, one of the town board members presented Simmes with two lottery tickets, calling them a new retirement program devised just for her - a quip which drew laughs.

Simmes' relatives attending the event included her daughter Lori, son David, her husband Harry, and their grandchildren, D.J., age 17, and Johnathan, 12.

Also attending was Bolton resident Nellie Wurzbach, age 101, and Supreme Court Judge David Krogmann of Glens Falls, who long ago served as town attorney, Simmes said.

"I am really happy everyone turned out," she said.

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