To the editor: Celebrating Erie Canal Park's events, honoring volunteers

Volunteers and members joined together at the Camillus Senior Center to celebrate the year's events and honor volunteers during Camillus Erie Canal Park's 33rd annual volunteer/member appreciation dinner. Joe Menzel and his able assistants served a fabulous spaghetti dinner to more than 180 volunteers and guests.

The Erie Canal Cloggers outlined various types of clogging and gave wonderful performances. We all wished that we had their agility and talent.

Committee chairs were recognized: Bonnie and Bill Hastings, Dinner Cruise; Betty Bacon, Calling Committee; Hank Miller, Historian; Jim McKessy, Steam Engine; Linda Vishnesky, Trails; Clyde Ohl, Gardens; Dottie Nunneker, Membership; Shirley Ridler, Cooks; Pat Welch, Curator; Becky Jackson, Marie Miczan, Olga White, Education; Fran Logan, Gift Shop; and Roger Pisarek, Tourism.

Dan Willis received the Businessman of the Year Award. Appreciation Certificates were presented to Sue Paddock, Lorraine Pigula, Roger Pisarek and James Hartford. More than 30 cooks were recognized for keeping the volunteer army afloat. Becky Jackson and Marie Miczan acknowledged the Education committee.

The museum volunteers were also honored. Memorial plaques will be placed in the museum areas for Roz Galante, Eileen Hamann, Jean Kaley, Mary Thorpe and Shirley Youmell. After reviewing the year's activities and zany slides, David Beebe presented the following with the prestigious Aqueduct plaques: Dr. Dan Ward, curator of the Syracuse Canal Museum; Donna and Tim Carr, The Harvey Family, Fr. Craig and Maureen Swan, Amy and Bill Hastings, Larry Hammondtree, Rocky Lockhart, Ed Morgan, Tony Russo and Jim Thrall. Liz Beebe announced the recipients of Lifetime Achievement Awards. They are: Bob Brown, Dawn Dagget, Judy Fittipaldi Sandy McCarty, Barbara Spencer and Linda Snow.

The gala evening was concluded with the presentation of the Volunteer of the year award to Fred and Carol Cossick. We thank you all for participating,

particularly to these folks who helped run things smoothly: Betty Bacon, Nadine Anagnost, Dottie Nunneker, Tina Lont, Vicki Vaccaro, Mike and Mary Riley, Linda Vishnesky, Pat Cooper, Dick Grobsmith, Ed Morgan, Steve Poli, Jay Logan, Shirley Ridler, Amanda and John Lytle. We look forward to the 40th anniversary party of the Camillus Erie Canal Park in 2012.

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