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Longtime Parishville historian resigning from post after bicentennial

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PARISHVILLE - Emma F. Remington’s closed to four decade tenure as the Parishville Town Historian will officially wrap up on July 31.

Town officials read Ms. Remington’s letter of resignation at their town board meeting this week.

“Due to my age and health, I feel it necessary to resign my position as historian of the town of Parishville effective July 31, 2014. I was appointed January 1978, and I have enjoyed a wonderful 35 years and 7 months,” Town Supervisor Rodney G. Votra read.

In the document, the historian notes that she has compiled 45 books about the town’s history and “enjoyed every minute of it.”

She also wrote many articles that appeared in the St. Lawrence County Quarterly Magazine and has done genealogies for approximately 400 Parishville families.

“Over the years, I have been awarded several local and regional awards which I am very proud of. My husband and I attended meetings and dinners at Paul Smiths College each spring and later at the Lobster House Restaurant in Norwood,” she wrote. “My husband helped me put out the flags each year for Memorial Day, and he helped me set out memorial markers for several veterans in our local cemeteries. He passed away in 1997 and Corliss Mittlestaedt, a member of the Parishville Historical Association, attended the historians’ meetings and dinners with me.”

Joseph R. McGill has served as the Historical Association’s president since 2007 and co-historian for several years and will be taking over the post for Ms. Remington.

“She’s put her heart and soul into that job and I’ve got some big shoes to fill as her replacement,” he said.

“Thank you, thank you, thank you Town of Parishville. I have enjoyed my position so much,” she said. “I think (Mr. McGill) is going to be wonderful. He is very interested in history and the history of Parishville. I have done everything in my power to train him and I think he will be great.”

Ms. Remington’s resignation will come following the conclusion of the town’s bicentennial celebrations from July 24-26.

“(Being historian) was wonderful. I learned a lot of history over the years. The longer I stayed in it, the more I liked it,” she said. “It filled my time very well and I enjoyed it so much.”

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