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Memories shared during Warren County Municipal Center’s 50th anniversary fest

Warren County notables watch balloons soar into the sky during the celebration Oct. 18 of the 50th anniversary of the Warren County Municipal Center. Launching the balloons were county Board of Supervisors Chairman Kevin Geraghty (left) and Marjorie Swan, former Town of Chester councilwoman. Observing was Queensbury town supervisor John Strough, re-enacting General Joseph Warren, a Revolutionary War hero — the county’s namesake.

Warren County notables watch balloons soar into the sky during the celebration Oct. 18 of the 50th anniversary of the Warren County Municipal Center. Launching the balloons were county Board of Supervisors Chairman Kevin Geraghty (left) and Marjorie Swan, former Town of Chester councilwoman. Observing was Queensbury town supervisor John Strough, re-enacting General Joseph Warren, a Revolutionary War hero — the county’s namesake. Photo by Thom Randall.

— “Looking back, we made the right decision to build this new center,” Bartlett said.

During the ceremonies, former Warren County Clerk Caryl Clark also recalled how she and her mother Jeanne McNeary had fought to save the old county courthouse from destruction. The structure, now on the national and state registers of historic places, is now a celebrated landmark in Lake George Village. Clark’s daughter, Stephanie Merrill, recalled how she, too, had attended the municipal center dedication ceremonies — at age six.

“The building was impressive, overwhelming, she said, recalling how in the 1963 event her eyes fixed on the large emblem on the front of the building depicting Revolutionary War hero Joseph Warren, the county’s namesake.

Bartlett recalled how he had presided over one of the first cases held in the new county courthouse. It was a suit over patent rights involving a local catheter company — the longest trial at that time in the county’s history.

Twice on Friday, county District Attorney Kate Hogan conducted tours of the county courts.

In the main county courtroom, she introduced Bartlett and three of the county’s other judges, County Judge John Hall, Family Court Judge Timothy Breen, and Supreme Court Justice David Krogmann.

Krogmann recalled the lengthy and influential career of Bartlett, who received a standing ovation. Hogan noted it was Bartlett who urged her to become a prosecutor because it would fulfill her career goal of helping people in distressing circumstances. Krogmann told the audience that if he ever had doubts when making legal decisions on the bench, he would look at Bartlett’s portrait on the courtroom wall and think, “What would Dick Bartlett do?”

During this courtroom visit, Queensbury seventh-grader Piper Orr re-enacted Flora Sexton, a historic figure from Hague.

At 10 a.m. Friday, a quartet of singers from Queensbury High School opened the monthly county Board of Supervisors meeting by singing “The Star-Spangled Banner” as a salute to the anniversary.

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