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Lakemore Council recognizes oldest living resident

6/6/2013 - South Side Leader
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By Emily Chesnic

Lakemore Mayor Rick Justice presents resident Marie Patterson with a proclamation to honor her for her almost 93 years of village residency and service.
Photo: Emily Chesnic
LAKEMORE — Lakemore officials are giving honor to whom honor is due this year, starting with Marie Patterson.

At the June 3 Council meeting, Patterson was presented with a proclamation, acknowledging her as the oldest living resident in the village.

Patterson served as the grand marshal of the recent Memorial Day Parade to further recognize her years of contribution to the community.

Councilwoman Laura Cochran said Patterson was born Sept. 1, 1920, and has dwelled her entire life on the same village street. Patterson attended Springfield Local Schools, where she met her late husband, George. The two were married for 72 years, Cochran said.

Patterson worked for 27 years for Springfield Local Schools, first as a cook and later as a secretary, and volunteered for 17 years at Edwin Shaw Rehabilitation, Cochran said. In addition, Patterson spent many years as a member of the Springfield Women’s Club, she added.

Cochran said the village would like to continue to honor local residents and businesses that deserve public recognition. She said the village office is accepting recommendations for a person or business to be honored in the near future.

Also during the meeting, Councilman Troy Bradfield made a public contribution to the Lakemore Historical Society. Bradfield said he has been collecting village artifacts for the past three years. He was pleased to uncover the village’s original collection of Council minutes, from 1917 to 1933, and the first police ledger. He also gathered more than 200 old photos for the Historical Society to display in the future.

In other business, Council:

  • accepted a contract with public defenders for indigent defense at a cost not to exceed $160 per case in 2013;
  • accepted an offer from FirstMerit Bank to become the depository of village funds until Feb. 14, 2017;
  • approved the implementation of a Pledge of Confidentiality, requiring all village employees to sign a statement pledging, under penalty of law, to maintain the security of the confidentiality data to which they have access;
  • approved the bills in the amount of $13,304 as presented by Fiscal Officer Tracy Fast;
  • heard the second reading of a resolution to close Springfield Lake July 5-7 to all people except those authorized for the Three Rivers Outboard Racing Association’s boat races; and
  • heard the second reading of a resolution appointing Jay Zedak as a probationary volunteer firefighter/EMT for the Fire Department.

The next regular Council meeting will take place June 17 at 7 p.m. at the Municipal Building, 1400 Main St.

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