Barbara Curtis, left, and her youngest sister, Lillian Vanderwalker, take a break during the birthday party March 3 at the Minerva firehouse.
continued The couple met while they were both working at the GE plant in Schenectady. He was in security, and she in the payroll office. However, it wasn’t long before they decided to move back to Barbara’s hometown. Jack had a barbershop and hair salon in Chestertown before ultimately deciding to move it closer to home. They had three children and four grandchildren, and now there are three great-grandchildren.
Reflecting on how the town has changed over the years, Curtis said, “Well there are more people I don’t know nowadays, but everyone is still friendly and there’s still a real sense of community here. It still has a hometown feel to it.”
Her other niece, Lynn Green, vice-president of the Minerva Fire and Rescue Department, said that they chose to hold the celebration in the firehouse because “so many of our relatives and friends live in this area that this made it a good central location for everyone.”
Asked how she planned to spend the rest of her birthday after the party, Curtis smiled and said, “Oh, I’m just going to hang in there.”