Schenectady County Legislature Honors 2019 Older New Yorkers of the Year and Nominees
The Schenectady County Legislature was proud to honor Ms. Ann Parillo and Mr. and Mrs. Lawrence and Maryde King as the “2019 Schenectady County Older New Yorker of the Year” and Ms. Marion Grimes as the “2019 Lifetime Achievement Award” winners during their May 14, 2019 regular meeting.
“It has been said that as we grow older we should not count our years, but make our years count. Schenectady County is extremely fortunate to have so many talented people who are making their years count by helping others and their community,” said Anthony Jasenski, Chair of the Schenectady County Legislature.
This year is the 54th anniversary of the Older Americans Act, an Act that supports older people to have secure and equal opportunities to enjoy a healthy life. The Older Americans Act encourages senior citizens to find meaningful activities that support civic, cultural, educational, training and recreational opportunities.
Each May Schenectady County celebrates “Older Americans Month” by recognizing the accomplishments of our older residents who either through professional accomplishments or volunteer efforts offered their time and experience to worthwhile projects or causes.
All nominees were recognized and include James Barnhardt, Philip Benner, Annis Draiss, Dora Eighmie, David G. Garhartt, Sr., Sharon LaPrade, Walter Simpkins, and David West.
2019 Schenectady County Older New Yorker of the Year Award Winners
Lawrence and Maryde King - 2019 Schenectady County Older New Yorker of the Year and recipients of the 2019 New York State Governor’s Award for Exemplary Service.
Lawrence and Maryde King have shared their recreational passions with the Schenectady community in novel ways for more than fifty years. They have selflessly given of themselves as volunteers at the Bridge Center/New Choices, the Schenectady County Environmental Advisory Council, the Schenectady Photographic Society, the Niskayuna Senior Center, the Glen Eddy Center, the Adirondack Mountain Club, and the Association for the Protection of the Adirondacks. Lawrence has served as Board Chair at the Bridge Center/New Choices, where both he and Maryde shared their love of nature with those struggling with addiction and trauma in the recreation program. Maryde has served as a folk dance leader at both the Niskayuna Senior Center and the Glen Eddy Center, as a volunteer librarian in the Schenectady County Jail, as Chairperson on the Schenectady County Environmental Advisory Council, and as Secretary for the Association for the Protection of the Adirondacks and Adirondack Wild; Protect the Adirondacks.
Ann Parillo - 2019 Schenectady County Older New Yorker of the Year
For over thirty years Ann has given of her time and talent as a volunteer at Proctors Theater, Capital Repertory Theater, Schenectady Civic Players, Schenectady Light Opera, Singles Outreach Services, Schenectady Kids Arts Festival, and Jazz on Jay Concert Series Ann served as Chair of the Schenectady Cable Commission, President of the Schenectady Access Cable Commission, Advisory Committee member for Open Stage Media, and founder of the Capital Area Pharmacists Association. Ann is perhaps best known as the creator and host of Schenectady Today In & Around the Capital Region, a weekly one hour television show which is now in its 21st year. Schenectady Today In & Around the Capital Region is an all-volunteer production and has aired more than 1080 shows and now reaches over 400,000 households. Ann was also instrumental in the Sister Cities Project between Schenectady and Kunming, China, hosting representatives and going to Washington, D.C., to facilitate the association between the two cities.
Marion Grimes - 2019 Schenectady County Lifetime Achievement Award
For seventy-five years, Marion has given of her time and talent to such worthy causes as the Girl Scouts, the YWCA of Northeastern New York, the Schenectady County Department of Senior and Long Term Care Services Advisory Council, the Glenville Town Park Development Committee, and the Schenectady County Human Services Planning Committee. Marion’s volunteer activities have allowed her to serve in many leadership positions as Board Chair on the Schenectady Child Guidance Board and twice as Board Chair on the Schenectady County Department of Senior and Long Term Care Services Advisory Council. Marion helped to start and was instrumental in the building of the Glenville Senior Center. Not to be satisfied with purely local volunteer activities, Marion also served as a Schenectady County Community Ambassador to Sri Lanka thereby extending her service and dedication across the globe.