Older Americans Month celebrated

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Monday, May 2, 2011 | Categories:
CHEMUNG COUNTY, N.Y. -- Chemung County recognized two of its greatest volunteers by awarding them for their countless hours of dedication to helping others. Mary Beechey was named Senior Citizen of the Year for the volunteer work she does with Meals on Wheels and the Southern Tier Tobacco Awareness Council Beechey also transcribes books in Braille for the blind and knits hats and mittens for local school kids. Connie Bergh won the Mildred Parfitt Award for her 28 years of work with the Widow and Widowers Support Group at St. Joseph's Hospital. Both women say they are just trying to make Chemung County a better place to live. "Mark Twain said kindness is the language that the blind can see and the deaf can hear. And so I am just trying to spread a little kindness," Beechey said. "When I visit the sick, I feel ten feet tall when I walk out of there because everybody says 'oh you've helped me so much." And what have I done? Just given a couple minutes of my time," said Bergh. County Executive Tom Santulli proclaimed May Older Americans Month.
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