Community celebrates 25 years of Minerva Day

At right, Carol Gregson spins alpaca fur.

At right, Carol Gregson spins alpaca fur. McKenna Kelly

— Other awards were given out. Jasmine Jenks walked away with the monster fish award — she caught a bass weighing in at more than a pound. Teyah Graves won the prettiest fish award, Noah Dukat won the feistiest fish award, Marina Baker won the smallest fish award, and Alex Ruzbacki won the most fish caught award.

The winners received fishing poles and tackle donated by local businesses.

At 1 p.m. the Minerva Service Organization held a memorial service for Robert Morrison, who was part of the MSO for four years and died last fall.

Nancy Shaw presented a heartfelt speech highlighting Morrison’s years of service to both the MSO and Minerva Historical Society. Morrison’s children — Rob, Patty and Christine — attended the memorial.

The Minerva Historical Society Museum opened at 2 p.m. and was preceded by a series of speeches by Shaw, Robert Savarie and museum director Susan Rawson.

Savarie spoke about Minerva Day’s history and contributions to the town.

“It’s a special day for special efforts,” said Savarie. “A day to say welcome to visitors to Minerva.”

Town Supervisor Sue Montgomery Corey presented the Citizen of the Year award to Kathy Halloran. Halloran ended the ceremony by cutting the ribbon across the museum steps, officially opening the Historical Society to the public.

Morning events also included a breakfast at the Minerva Firehouse and the Pant, Pedal, Paddle race. In the evening, there was the Minerva Day parade, a community potluck dinner, activities at Donnelly Beach and fireworks.

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