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A family legacy honored

A blue spruce planted to honor the Lawrence family at the Elizabethtown Social Center

Hanna Kissam shared fond memories of Elizabeth H.W. Lawrence while dedicating a blue spruce in her honor.

Hanna Kissam shared fond memories of Elizabeth H.W. Lawrence while dedicating a blue spruce in her honor. Photo by Shaun Kittle.

— “About eight years ago, a dead blue spruce in front of the building (at the Social Center) had to be cut down,” Kissam said. “She was a nature lover and didn’t want to see that tree go.”

And so a blue spruce was planted in her honor, as a replacement for the one that was removed.

A memorial stone in front of the tree will remind those who use the Elizabethtown Social Center of the strong support the Lawrence family has provided the institution.

The blue spruce was donated by Taylor Tree Care in Westport, and the memorial stone was donated by Plattsburgh Memorials.

“The Social Center is a not-for-profit community center,” said Arin Burdo, director of the Elizabethtown Social Center. “We operate completely on private funds left for that purpose by Cora Putnam Hale in 1939.”

The center is free to anyone in the Elizabethtown, Lewis and New Russia area and offers activities like tennis and pool for members ages 12-19.

The center also has programs for adults, including Zumba classes and a new knitting, spinning and weaving class.

“In two years we will be celebrating the 75th anniversary of the Social Center,” Burdo said. “I can’t thank everyone enough for coming out to support the Lawrence family and the Social Center.”

For more information, visit elizabethtownsocialcenter.org.

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