Granville Then & Now – Celebrate Helen Macura’s 100th birthday

By Erik Pekar, Town Historian

This Sunday, Sept. 18, Granville’s Helen Macura will have her 100th birthday. She is a Granville person through and through, having been born and raised here. Macura is from a family of 13 children. She attended the Granville Public Schools of District 7 and graduated from the high school in 1941.

Helen attended school and went into nursing. She worked at a few different places in New York State, including the now-defunct Will Rogers hospital at Saranac Lake. In this capacity she devoted her working career to helping others.

In the years since her retirement, Helen has kept busy in several ways, including visits from friends and family. For many years she wrote for the Granville Sentinel. She also has been involved with functions and organizations. More recently she has been the woman of honor during every summer visit from performer Daryl Magill, who plays the summer concert series at Veterans Park in Granville.

For Helen’s centenary birthday, friends and members of the community are invited to participate in a drive-by birthday parade on Sunday. Cars will line up at the former Henry Hose firehouse on Quaker Street at 11:45 a.m. The parade will begin at noon.

Best wishes and happy returns for Helen on her 100th birthday. May Granville help commemorate the birthday of a deserving woman who has devoted her life to helping others and the community.

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School has started again at the Granville Central School District. Sept. 8 was the first day. With school having resumed, the school’s speed limit zones are in effect, both in the village on Quaker Street (Route 149) and other streets near the village schools, and on Route 22 in Middle Granville near the Mary J. Tanner School. The return of school also marks the return of school bus runs in the morning and afternoon; a reminder to all that it is state law to stop for a school bus with flashing red lights.

There are quite a few new teachers in the school district for the 2022-23 school year, and some teachers who will teach in different classes than last year. These teachers are Mackenzie Aldous, special education 1-6; Russell Batty, special education; Ashley Bounds, teaching assistant; June Brown, elementary; Sarah Cappabianca, elementary; Corey Cerullo, music; Madeline Coons, music; Molly Gillespie, speech & hearing; Patrick Iverson-Searer, elementary; Catharine Kilby, mathematics 7-12; Elizabeth Lavender, elementary; Kaitlin Limmer, elementary; Amanda Phillips, elementary; Peter Richard, alternative education, part-time; Julie Stuber, English; Beth Thompson, special education 7-12; Rose Tomassi, elementary; Rosalind Tomis, elementary; Mary Toomey, special education; Karen Vieira, reading (K-6); Stephanie Waldron, elementary; Terry Wheeler, business.

New administrative officials have been appointed as well, both for the Granville High School. Tammy Treen is the new assistant principal, and Beecher Baker is the interim principal.

Best of luck to all the students, parents, and to the teachers, and hopefully everyone will do their best to make the school year successful.

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Another highway maintenance project has started in the vicinity. Route 4 will be repaved from near Route 22 in Comstock to the Whitehall village limits; work started Sept. 6. Due to traffic volume on this part of Route 4, and the preparation work being done to the road prior to repaving, the lane closures will occur at night.

The Church Street bridge work is progressing. The sidewalk is now finished, as is the work that was done on the west face of the bridge. There is still some work on pipes for village utilities, and the final pavement layer still needs to be paved. Once that work is done, the Church Street bridge replacement project will be complete, over a year after it started.

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The time of year is almost here for a popular Granville event. The 35th annual Autumn Leaves Car Show will be held on Sunday, Sept. 25, at the Granville Little League complex. The craft fair, introduced last year, will also be held at the Little League along with the car show. Entry fees are $5 for spectators and $20 for those bringing their cars. Those who like classic cars, or show their classic cars, are encouraged to attend this show.

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It was an eventful weekend in Granville. After a year’s delay, the Granville Community Days events took place, commemorating 100 years of Telescope Casual Furniture being in Granville, and the founding of the Granville Community Foundation. Friday, Sept. 9, was the evening dinner. The event was well-organized. Large tents with tables were set up with tables and chairs inside. The dinner was made by several local eateries, including Mach’s Market, On the Rocks Pub, the Pine Grove Diner and Tommy’s Place. A bar for drinks was available, headed by Slate Town Brewing Company and On the Rocks.

The highlight of the evening included the dinner itself. It was done in a takeout format consisting of premade dinners with parts of the meal being from the participant local eateries, and even with the about 1,000 people in the tent, proceeded in a very organized manner. Dignitaries spoke at the event, including Mike Freed, chairman of the Granville Community Foundation board; Kathy Juckett, CEO of Telescope; Paul Labas, Granville village mayor; Matthew Hicks, Granville town supervisor; Elise Stefanik, member of the U.S. House of Representatives; and a few others. A few commemorative videos were shown, including a slideshow of historic photos of Telescope through the years. Many former and current residents of Granville were at the dinner, and for them it was a time of reconnecting and reminiscing.

Saturday was just as busy. A free family-friendly fun fair was held on the school soccer field across from the Telescope factory. There were bounce houses, games, mini golf, balloon makers, photo booths and other activities. Jordan Flower, the talented artist who painted the murals on Main Street and on the Telescope buildings along Church Street, was there exhibiting some of his paintings; some were for sale, the only items at the event to have a selling price. Food was available from the Clever Cleaver, a pizza trailer, the Pine Grove Diner, as well as the famed chicken barbecue dinners from the Granville Masons. There were also shirts, a raffle and other memorabilia given out.

A good time was had by all over both days. Thanks to Telescope Casual Furniture for supporting the Granville community over the years. All the participants and sponsors are to be commended for putting together these great events. Both the dinner event and the family-friendly fair will be remembered for many years to come.