Having lived in the Town of Minerva for 43 years, Kathy Halloran has seen and experienced a lot — she is indeed a busy person and has been a very active and involved member of the community.
Halloran’s dedication to community service and volunteerism is legendary, as is her modesty; her selection as Minerva’s Citizen of the Year is a much-deserved honor. In regard to her selection, she said, “It’s exciting, and also embarrassing.”
Halloran’s roots run deep in Minerva’s soil. Her father was born in Irishtown (north of downtown Olmstedville), and the Shevlin family (her maiden name) settled in the area in the 1850s.
Born in Omaha, Neb., Halloran and her parents and siblings lived in Isle Royal National Park and Grand Canyon National Park, where her father served as superintendent and assistant superintendent, respectively. Her keen interest in hiking, science, and the great outdoors seems to have developed as a result of these early years and her experience living is these beautiful parks.
After marrying Andy Halloran in 1966, she eventually moved to Olmstedville in 1969, and the two raised a family of six, all of whom attended Minerva Central School.
Halloran’s a natural teacher and began her teaching career in San Francisco, with other instructional experiences in Johnstown and Albany. After her youngest went into kindergarten, she began subbing both short- and long-term at Minerva Central School. Back in the 1990s, she became a full-time fourth-grade teacher at Minerva, retiring in June 2010. She has four grandchildren.
Halloran’s volunteerism and dedication to service to the community extends back to the 1970s when she became involved with the Minerva Historical Society. She is still active in this group and will become president of the MHS this summer. During that same decade, she joined the Minerva Community Chorus, which was organized by Alice Switzer, who was later memorialized in a song written and sung by Minerva native Dan Berggren, a folksinger who currently lives in Ballston Spa.
Halloran joined the Minerva Volunteer Fire Department and Rescue Squad in 1980 and shortly thereafter became an emergency medical technician. She served as captain of the Minerva Rescue Squad during the 1980s, eventually becoming a critical care technician. She is still active with the fire department and has recently served on the department’s Board of Directors.
A few months ago, Halloran was named the 2011 Minerva Rescue Squad Provider of the Year (this is a good indication of how active she remains after 32 years of volunteers with the squad).
Halloran is a strong skier and has been active with the Gore Mountain Ski Patrol since the early 1980s.
“I don’t dwell in the past much,” Halloran said. “Lots of things happen, then I move on to the next day and what it may bring.”
Halloran remains a active contributor to her community. She is currently vice president of the Minerva Service Organization (on the Minerva Day Pant, Pedal, Paddle committee) and secretary of the Minerva Emergency Preparedness Committee.
Her husband sums up the feelings of her extended family.
“Our whole family is really proud of Kathy’s longtime dedication to the community,” Andy Halloran said.
Kathy Halloran will be officially recognized as the 2012 Minerva Citizen of the Year during a ceremony at the Minerva Historical Society building in Olmstedville at 2 p.m. on June 30, Minerva Day. She will be leading the annual Minerva Day Hometown Parade as Grand Marshal that same day, with the parade beginning at 5 p.m.