CHAZY - The newest addition to Chazy Central Rural School is one that will benefit the school and the community, thanks to a local businessman.
Glenn Latremore, owner of Latremore's Insurance, recently made a donation to the school to cover the cost and installation of a new electronic scoreboard for the school's baseball field. Latremore made the donation to replace the field's former scoreboard, which he and his company also funded nearly 20 years ago. That board, he said, eventually stopped working and was in dire need of replacement. "Every time I came down here to watch the game, I had to ask what the score was and how many outs there were and no one seemed to know, so that's why I did it," Latremore said with a laugh. "I did it for the school and for the kids."
Latremore also made the donation in memory of his late wife, Mary. Before her passing in 2007, the Latremores could always be seen together attending school sporting events, watching their children and eventually grandchildren play for the Eagles.
"We attended all the games - soccer, basketball, baseball. We came to them all," he said.
Since his wife was such a sports fan, he asked the scoreboard simply be dedicated in her honor. So, in addition to Latremore's Insurance, the top of the board reads simply: "In Memory of Mary."
"Every time I come down, I'll see her name," said Latremore, who was overcome with emotion when the sign was dedicated at the baseball team's league home opener April 20. "It's a hard feeling, to be honest with you. It feels good but it doesn't. I'd much rather have her here."
School superintendent Kevin J. Mulligan said he was very appreciative of Latremore's donation, describing the local businessman as a "true gentleman in every sense of the word."
"Glenn and Mary have always been very supportive of the school," said Mulligan. "Whenever our teams have gone to states, they and Latremore's Insurance have always been among the first ones to come up with donations to help."
"Glenn's a real class act," Mulligan added.
In addition to the lettering atop the scoreboard, Mulligan also presented Latremore with a plaque on behalf of the district that recognizes his donation. The plaque will be mounted to the scoreboard.
"We really appreciate this donation," said Mulligan.