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Local residents were recognized for serving others

In 2004, the V.I.P. award recipient was Evangeline Mills of Chestertown, a founder of the town of Chester Library. A retired Warrensburg High School language teacher, she worked tirelessly on behalf of the Chester Bicentennial, and volunteered for beautification efforts. Also, as an avid quilter, she co-designed the historic Bicentennial quilt.

2003- Fred Vetter of Chestertown and Randy Duell of Brant Lake received the V.I.P. award in 2003. Vetter ran the hardware store in Chestertown, and Duell worked tirelessly with the town Little League.

In 2002, Frank Hill of Adirondack and John and Mary Belline of Brant Lake were awarded. The Bellines were for many years dedicated to the North Warren Emergency Squad, and Frank Hill has served on both the town board and North Warren School board for many years.

In 2001, Arlene Mayer of Brant Lake and Marv Cole of Chestertown received the V.I.P. honors. Mayer has served as Horicon Town Clerk for more than 20 years. She is known as Horicon's informal community ambassador.

Dedicated to preserving the old Chestertown High School, Marv Cole was successful in saving the historic building from destruction. Cole volunteered his time and talents to refurbish the school. Early on, he spearheaded the local Save Our School movement, successfully lobbying to have the building renovated into the Town of Chester Municipal Center. Also, he served as president of the Loon Lake Park District Association.

In 2000, Roger Daby of Brant Lake and Robert "Butch" Stetson of Pottersville were awarded. Daby was was a firefighter for 25 years, committed to community service and helping his neighbors. Not only was he known as the routine first responder to respond to fire calls, but he worked day and night at the legendary Daby's General Store in Brant Lake, which he owned. Stetson has been owner of Black Bear Restaurant for decades, and served as an original member of Pottersville Fire Department and chairman of the local fire commissioners, helping launch first-response capability of the Department.

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