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Citizen of the Year picked

Kerry and Joyce spent about the first eight of their 48 married years working as fire-watchers on area fire towers, including on Vanderwhacker, Adams and Goodnow Mountains. In fact, the fire-watcher cabin at Vanderwhacker in Minerva was their "honeymoon cottage" according to Joyce. Both also worked to maintain the trails to the fire towers on these mountains. Joyce said their daughter Kim "loved being on Goodnow" as a kid. According to Kerry, from the Goodnow fire tower, "You could see deer swimming in Rich Lake, and on clear days could see the factory towers in Tupper Lake. It was beautiful."

Kerry feels honored to be named Minerva "Citizen of the Year." Kerry is serious about his continuing community volunteer efforts. He said that his Minerva Volunteer Fire Department and Rescue Squad needs more volunteers. He acknowledges that it is "very tough to get people to make a serious volunteering commitment in terms of time and energy." Nevertheless, volunteers such as Kerry are necessary to keep communities strong and healthy. Kerry Killon will be honored as Minerva Citizen of the Year during a ceremony at the opening of the Minerva Historical Society Museum at 2 p.m. on Minerva Day in Olmstedville, July 2.

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