State Senator Patty Ritchie’s St. Lawrence County choices for her “Senior of the Year” awardees in are Charles W. Kelly, former newspaperman and leader of the St. Lawrence Psychiatric Center Task Force, and June McCoy, former president of the Ogdensburg Senior Citizens.
The honorees will be recognized at a ceremony during Ritchie’s Senior Health and Wellness Fair from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 23 at the Ogdensburg Oddfellows Hall, 111 Linden St.
“Chuck Kelly has never really retired,” Ritchie said. “He just finds new ways to fight for the people of northern New York. He led the campaign to protect the Ogdensburg Correctional Facility and now he is leading the battle to save the Psychiatric Center.”
“June McCoy spent decades helping the area’s elderly as the former president of the Ogdensburg Senior Citizens,” Ritchie said. “Her tireless efforts on their behalf helped provide a wide range of activities for the area’s senior citizens.”
Ritchie is encouraging people to attend the fair, to help her honor Kelly and McCoy, and to take advantage of the screenings and information available there.
The fair will feature more than 40 organizations and wellness experts offering flu shots, health screenings and giveaways, as well as free lunch and entertainment, both sponsored by Sen. Ritchie’s office. Those looking to receive a flu shot are reminded to bring their Medicare and insurance ID to the event.
The St. Lawrence County event is the last of three such fairs, which have also been held in Jefferson and Oswego counties.
Ritchie, a Heuvelton Republican, represents the 48th Senate District, which includes western St. Lawrence County and Jefferson and Oswego counties.