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Happy trails to library director Annette Gernatt

WELL WISHES — Several proclamations were presented to retiring Hulbert Library of Concord Library Director Annette Gernatt at her retirement party on Aug. 30. Photos by Sandy Dashnaw.
CONCORD — Annette Gernatt will have more time for reading, after her retirement from the post of library director of the Hulbert Library of Concord. A party was held on Aug. 30, in honor of her more than 30 years of service to the library.

Proclamations were presented from Erie County Legislator John Mills; New York State Representative David DiPietro; Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz; Erie County Sheriff Timothy Howard; Congressman Chris Collins; Erie County Comptroller Stefan Mychajliw; Concord Town Supervisor Gary Eppolito, who also represented the village of Springville; New York State Senator Patrick Gallivan and Christopher Jacobs, who serves as Erie County Clerk.

TIME TO EAT — A table laden with many different items greeted hungry guests.

New librarian Bridgette Heintz of Cheektowaga was introduced, at that event. She started her work at the Concord Library on Aug. 26, and had previously been the branch manager at the Lake Shore Library.

Richard Snethen, 92, past president of the library, also attended the party. The former Springville resident now lives at Amberleigh Retirement Home in Williamsville. He was president of the library, during the planning and funding for the current building.

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“Annette’s dedicated service and guidance made it what it is today. One of her most amazing feats, during my time of office, was moving the books and materials from the old to the new, with no interruption of service to the patrons,” Snethen said, of his experience working with Gernatt, in her former role.

“I hope the community will make a portrait of Annette and place it beside Miss Lucy [Bensley],” Snethen added.

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