Schoharie Library makes history
By Patsy Nicosia
With homemade desserts, Christmas ornaments, a flower show, and speeches on the front porch, Schoharie Library friends and family celebrated two historic milestones Saturday:
The library's 100th anniversary and the unveiling of its status on the New York State and National Historic Registries.
"This library is the hub of the community," said Board President Michelle Borst in her remarks, a sentiment the speakers who came after her echoed.
Mayor John Borst, who's own history with the site goes back to 1963 when as an Explorer Scout, he lent a hand raking and moving debris for the library's move there, said after Hurricane Irene, the library was a place where people gathered and moved on with their lives.
"My grandchildren live in this place," he said to laughter.
So did Assemblyman Pete Lopez and his siblings when they were kids.
"For us, reading was basic," Assemblyman Lopez said. "We devoured everything the library offered. We were in and out of there all the time.
Supervisor Chris Tague praised the library for coming back so strongly from Irene.
"Here's to another 100 years," he said.
Longtime library board members Carl Stefanik and Margaret Carballeira were honored for their years of service; inside the library attractions included the Schoharie Valley Garden Club's annual flower show.