Schroon senior citizens get new bus

SCHROON LAKE - The Schroon Lake Senior Citizen Club held a reception recently to thank donors for the new handicap accessible bus.

Ralph Cooke, president of the club, introduced honored guests Assemblywoman Theresa Sayward and Roger Friedman, representing the Schroon town council.

Past President Lorraine Erikson read a list of donors and expressed sorrow that several of them did not live long enough to use the bus.

Jim Butler, club treasurer, spoke briefly about the long, frustrating process of preparing and filing the grant application. Once that was approved, and after several delivery delays, the bus was delivered on Jan. 9.

A first-ever Presidents' Proclamation was presented to Jim Butler, honoring him for his dedication, skills and untiring efforts in attaining a federal grant, managing bus funds and seeing to the delivery of the bus.

Erikson stated that a brass plaque would be mounted in the bus in Butlers' name.

Marilyn Butler, first vice president, announced the results of a contest to name the bus. The name chosen was "The Young At Heart Kart."

Butler said the bus will make regular runs to Ticonderoga, Queensbury, Glens Falls and the Wilton Mall in Saratoga.

Beginning in February, the club will try out "Medical Mondays." This will offer bus rides for seniors who have doctor appointments.

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