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Volunteers Are Magnificent and Marvelous:

Tipping Cows and Flipping Flamingoes

by Lynne Belluscio

The LeRoy Historical Society is celebrating its 75th Anniversary this year, and this week is “National Volunteer Week.”  Without question, the Historical Society exists and thrives because of its volunteers. I cannot even imagine how many volunteer hours have been given over the past 75 years. We try to keep track of all the hours and I don’t think we even touch the real number.

We are like many other organizations in LeRoy who depend on folks who give their time and talent. If you think of all the volunteer hours just within our community, the numbers are staggering.

This past weekend the Little League was cleaning up the field and starting their practices in preparation for opening day. Lots of volunteers and lots of dedication make that organization an important part of the community. And if you add in LCCP, the Churches, PTSO, the Moose, Rotary, American Legion, the Scouts and the Fire Department, it’s something LeRoy should be proud of - that this community can support these efforts with volunteers.

Sometimes I have to enlist volunteers where and when I can, like this last Sunday when I went out to the Little League field to ask some of the coaches if they could help “move the cow.” As I told them, it’s our version of “cow tipping.”  Cora, our painted cow spends the winter inside, in the basement. When the weather warms up, Cora has to be brought upstairs and she spends the day on the porch to have her photograph taken with all our visitors. Luckily for the coaches, I didn’t get a photograph of their efforts up the stairs.          READ MORE

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