continued Also present to recognize Minoa’s achievements were Assemblyman Al Stirpe, County Legislators Kevin Holmquist and Bill Meyer, Manlius Town Supervisor Ed Theobald, ESM Superintendent Donna DeSiato, and Fayetteville Mayor Mark Olson.
Olson stood up to congratulate Minoa Mayor Dick Donovan and thank him and the village for the support shown for Fayetteville throughout the years.
“It is a pleasure knowing that the village of Minoa is here to support the village of Fayetteville. Whether it’s a flood, or a fire, or a Labor Day Storm, the first phone call is always from the Mayor [of Minoa] saying ‘Are you okay? Can I do anything?’”
Village Historian Sue Heitzman gave a long speech dressed in a 1913- inspired black dress and matching hat. Heitzman recalled how she took for granted the accessibility of sidewalks, streetlights, and public services like the police and fire departments as a girl in 1950s Minoa. She spoke of the bravery of the Founding Fathers and Mothers and urged the audience not to get too caught up in the past and to remember to appreciate the present.
“We need to look back today and remember those who were instrumental in giving us the amenities we now enjoy but we also need to appreciate all that is being done today to maintain and improve the way we live.”
The fifth grade chorus from Minoa Elementary was lined up to sing “Happy Birthday” to Minoa along with a few other songs. The students were wearing special centennial shirts that they designed and presented one to Mayor Donovan before he took the podium.
“I like to think of the Mayor as the quarterback of a football team. I make the plays. But it’s not about me- it’s about you all” Donovan said.
That seemed to be the theme of the night as the speakers took their turns congratulating the village achievement and praising the people and their families for the great community they’ve come together to build. The night wrapped up with dessert prepared by ESM High School culinary students.
“We’ve lasted a long time and we’re growing. We’re slowly growing, but we’ve got a lot more things going on in our community. People really love to live here” Donovan said.