TICONDEROGA - A Ticonderoga family has been honored by the Essex County Bar Association.
The Reale family was presented with the Liberty Bell Award during Law Day festivities May 1.
"Tonight, we present the Liberty Bell Award to three families, all related to each other as part of our Ticonderoga community, the families of Anthony P. Reale and son, Peter Reale, and Anthony's brother Theodore Reale, who have demonstrated a high level of involvement, leadership and performance in community service," Judge Dominic Viscardi said in making the presentation.
Anthony Reale has served on the Ticonderoga Central School board, the Clinton/Essex BOCES board, the Lake George Park Commission, the Moses-Ludington Hospital board, the Ticonderoga Community Building board, the Ticonderoga Historical Society, the Ticonderoga Area Chamber of Commerce, the Jeffers Education Fund board and the St. Mary's Cemetery committee.
He has also been instrumental in the construction of Ti's Little League fields, the design and construction of the nature trail at the Ti Middle School, the renovation and installation of historic markers in the community and the refurbished Frasier Bridge.
Burt Reale, wife of Tony, has served Moses-Ludington Hospital as a member of the board of directors for some 20 years, she was instrumental in establishing Lord Howe Estates, consisting of 20 housing units for the elderly, was a founding board member Ticonderoga Festival Guild and served as a trustee of St. Mary's Church.
Anthony and Burt Reale have seven children and 15 grandchildren.
Theodore Reale has been a member of the New York-Vermont Lake Champlain Bridge Commission, the Ticonderoga planning board, the Essex County Industrial Development board, the Ticonderoga board of assessment review and the Ticonderoga Bicentennial Committee.
His wife, Nancy M. Reale, has been a member of the Ticonderoga board of education, vice president of the Essex County School Boards Association, president and vice president of the New York State School Boards Association, served on the Essex County Community Services Board, been chairwoman of the Essex County Mental Health Association, been member of the Friends of the Black Watch Library and served on the Ticonderoga Festival Guild board of directors.
"Tony Reale has recently gone into semi-retirement," Viscardi said. "Sons Peter and John have succeeded their father in charge of Reale Construction. Both Peter and John, like their father, are quick to say yes when called upon by our community."
Peter Reale led the effort to remove a billboard from the entrance to Ticonderoga, has served on the Ticonderoga Chamber of Commerce board of directors, been a member of the Ticonderoga planning board, been the Ti representative on The Task Force for the Future of the Lake George Park and served on the Ticonderoga master plan committee.
With his wife, Lynn, Peter Reale led the design and construction of Carillon Park.
Lynn Reale is a registered nurse and has been a member of the Moses- Ludington Hospital for 27 years. Presently she has joined husband Peter as executive assistant in Reale Construction Company and serves as a volunteer in Essex County in medical emergency response.
"On behalf of the Essex County Bar, we acknowledge the extraordinary community services and achievements of this unusual and extraordinary family, and to publicly record their efforts, we present to them the 2009 Liberty Bell Award," Viscardi said.
The Reale family marks the fifth Liberty Bell award by the Essex County Bar to a Ticonderoga recipient. The other four consist of John Pell, George Burroughs, Percy Thompson, Adolph Diskin and Joyce Mouradian.
The Essex County Bar Association has been marking Law Day since its inception May 1, 1957.