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Tri-County Auxiliary celebrates 35 years of service

NORTH CREEK - Members of the Adirondack Tri-County Nursing and Rehabilitation Center (ATCN&RC) Auxiliary have been serving nursing home residents for the past 35 years. They gathered there on Tuesday for a luncheon to celebrate their accomplishments and plan for the years to come.

The auxiliary is active in sponsoring fund raising events, volunteering in activities and much more. They are responsible for the annual flea market, tricky tray and sales. Through various fund raising raffles and drives, the auxiliary has generated over $175,000 for the ATCN&RC over the past 35 years.

In 35 years, the auxiliary has come a long way. In their first tricky tray event held in the 90's, the Auxiliary raised about $196 and these events now bring over $1,000 to the coffers of the (ATCN&RC).

"I am honored to help you celebrate," said nursing home director Hal Payne at the luncheon. "The auxiliary is an added bonus to the facility. It is always nice when they are here and they are appreciated by the residents."

Payne acknowledged the changes endured by the nursing home over the past several years, but acknowledged the steadfast nature of the auxiliary. "We have been through many things, including several names changes, but the quality is the same," he said.

"They provide outstanding volunteer time," said board member, Karen Smith.

Auxiliary president, Nancy Shaw stood to commemorate how far the auxiliary has come in the past 35 years with her remarks from their 25th anniversary in hand.

"We have come a long way even since then," she said.

Shaw commended the members who have donated many years of their lives to the efforts of the auxiliary. Several members have been with the auxiliary since the 70's, while some residents of the nursing home began as auxiliary members.

Members returned Shaw's appreciation and thanked her for her leadership.

"She is dedicated and leads in a great way," said Jamie Reynolds, activity director at ATCN&RC.

Despite their success, the auxiliary is seeking to expand their membership. They once attracted members from all over the North Country, but are currently made up of mostly Johnsburg residents, drawing sparsely from Minerva and Indian Lake.

"We would really like to increase our membership in order to continue to proved these services to the nursing home," said Shaw.

Those interested in auxiliary membership should contact Shaw at 251-3069.

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