TICONDEROGA - Looking ahead to 2009, Ticonderoga Supervisor Bob Dedrick has taken a moment to look back.
The supervisor cited the accomplishments of Jeff Van Wert and Edwin "Brick" Howe, who both died in 2008, in delivering his 2009 "state of the town" address.
"When I first met Jeff and Brick I was immediately drawn to their wit, their commitment to the town and their unconditional love of this community," Dedrick said. "Both men would go far beyond the call of duty to do something that would benefit our community. This town was truly fortunate to have two such caring individuals. Their absence will be sorely missed and anyone who knew either gentleman has to consider their life a little more blessed. I certainly know I do.
"This coming year, 2009, will be my last year as supervisor for the town of Ticonderoga," said Dedrick, who earlier announced he will not seek re-election this fall. "Being my last year I would like to dedicate it to two individuals, Jeff Van Wert and Brick Howe, who have been very instrumental in volunteering their time, effort and expertise to move this town forward."
Van Wert and Howe were members of the Ticonderoga economic development committee and Ticonderoga Mainstreet Partnership.
"Jeff started with me on the economic committee in 2000," Dedrick recalled. "He attended every monthly meeting until he became too sick to attend. His ideas were thoughtful and his enthusiasm was contagious. He was one of the most respected members of the committee and one you could count on when volunteers were needed.
"Jeff and his wife Chatti put a lot of his time and effort into improving their business, both at the laundry and the car wash," he continued. "The bricks on his building on Montcalm Street were one of the first to undergo blasting and refurbishment. The beautiful painting near his entrance added an Adirondack appeal."