PORT HENRY As the town of Moriah prepares for its bicentennial in 2008, organizers of the upcoming celebration have honored former supervisors.
Moriahs five living supervisors incumbent Tom Scozzafava, Walt Rushby, Esther Waldron, William Bumper Wheelock and Dominic Ida were honored in the communitys annual Labor Day parade.
Since becoming the town of Moriah Feb, 12, 1808, Moriah has had 55 supervisors. Some have served more than once.
We are honoring five of those town supervisors, whom we wish to thank for their dedication to the welfare of our town of Moriah, said Joan Daby of the bicentennial committee.
Ida served as supervisor from 1956 to 1967.
When Mr. Ida took office, the town hall was in the Tromblee Block, what we now refer to as the Abare Block, Daby said. The office was on the left end of the building and the assessors office was at the other end of the building, next to the old fire house.
Mr. Ida was the one who persuaded Republic Steel & Witherbee Sherman to sign over the present town hall to the community in 1959, she added. It was then that he and his office staff moved into our present town hall.
Wheelock served as Moriah supervisor from 1968 to 1980. He was chairman of the Essex County Board of Supervisors in 1972 and 1973.
As our supervisor, he worked diligently for the betterment of our community, Daby said.
Scozzafava served as supervisor from 1986 to 1998 and again from 2004 to the present.
He was born the year that Dominic Ida was elected to office and was only 28 years old when he was first elected supervisor the youngest to have ever held the office, Daby said. He had worked for the town previous to 1986 and now has 31 years working for the town of Moriah.
Rushby served as supervisor in 1998 and again 2000 to 2003. He had previously served a mayor of the village of Port Henry from 1997 to 1998.
Daby noted Rushbys commitment to both the village and town.
Waldron was the first and to date only woman to serve as Moriah supervisor. She served 1999-2000. She also served previously as deputy town clerk for 12 years, from 1972 to 1987, and she was town clerk from 1987 to 1998 and served on the town board four years, a total of 31 years working for the town of Moriah, Daby pointed out. Another very dedicated person, working on our behalf.
The bicentennial committee also honored Moriahs oldest residents during Labor Day activities. Cited were Louise Bush of Port Henry, Helen Riddle of Mineville and Cecelia Glavin, who now lives in a nursing facility in Ticonderoga. All are 96 years old.