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MORIAH-It takes more than a flood to deter the Retired Senior Volunteer Program.

RSVPheld a recognition luncheon recently at the Daisy Morton Center in Moriah to honor local volunteers. The event was originally scheduled for April 27, but had to be postponed because of flooding in the community.

It was the sixth in a series of luncheons being held throughout the county to recognize the efforts of senior volunteers, explained Barb Brassard RSVPprogram director.

Michele Borden, manager of the Moriah Nutrition site, hosted the luncheon. In attendance were volunteers and staff from area stations. Assisting were Essex County Nutrition Site staff, Essex County Office for the Aging, town of Moriah elected officials, and the RSVP staff and advisory group members.

"Thank you to all who made this event a success," Brassard said. "It has been a pleasure working with everyone these past eight months and, with some of the funding issues being resolved, we look forward to another busy year. "

The master of ceremonies was Joe Provoncha, Essex County Clerk and an RSVP Advisory Group member.

Guest speakers included Moriah Councilman Rich Carpenter, OFA Director Patty Bashaw, Essex County Nutrition Program Director Barbara Papineau and RSVP Advisory Group member Margaret Beuerlein of Ticonderoga.

Certificates of appreciation were presented to area stations. The new RSVP pins were given to all volunteers. Multiple volunteers and guests won door prizes. A 50-50 drawing was held to benefit the Moriah Food Pantry.

Honored were Madge Genier, RSVP Volunteer of the Year. Genier had the most volunteer hours. Bernie Mayer had the second highest number of hours. Archie Rosenquist won the Wears the Most Hats award for the many stations he serves as a volunteer. All were presented with certificates of appreciation.

Special guests were members of the Moriah Highway Department, Moriah Water & Sewer Department and the village of Port Henry Department of Public Works. They were given certificates of appreciation for their work during the recent flood.

"They were instrumental in putting the town and village back together not only for the seniors but for all residents," Brassard said.

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