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City to honor longtime volunteer

October 5, 2012
By MICHAEL ANICH , The Leader Herald

JOHNSTOWN - The city plans to recognize longtime local city volunteer Ruth B. White, who died this summer, with a ceremony and downtown plaque placement.

Mayor Sarah Slingerland told the Common Council Monday night that White will be honored with a memorial plaque. She said the city has been working with artist Paul Lakata on a "nice design" for the plaque.

"That will be coming fairly soon," the mayor said.

Funding for the plaque has come from private donations and not city funds, Slingerland said.

The 85-year-old White, who spent a lot of her time volunteering to improve the quality of life in the city, died June 28 at the Wells Nursing Home. She was the primary organizer for many years of the Johnstown Memorial Day Parade in May, which wasn't held this year, and the annual Veteran's Day services downtown in November. She was a member of the city's planning and zoning boards, and was very active in the Johnson Hall State Park activities.

White, who had resided on Hall Avenue, could also been seen for many years planting flowers and beautifying city grounds such as at City Hall on East Main Street and the downtown Sir William Johnson Park off West Main Street.

"We're going to put a commemorative plaque at the [park] bandshell, in the garden," Slingerland said Wednesday.

Pending Lakata's final design, the mayor said the hope is to have the plaque displayed in the park before the snow arrives. She said the city will hold some type of ceremony honoring White.

"We'll do something appropriate," Slingerland said.

In a separate matter, City Engineer Chandra Cotter reported the city Department of Public Works will also be considering sidewalk replacements near the downtown park. She said work should be done in the area of William and West Main streets.

"There are a few blocks [of sidewalk] we'll be replacing," Cotter said.



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