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WATCHDOG'S CHAIR FINDS RESTING PLACE

Iola Kimmel's chair, or a reasonable facsimile, is back in the Hamburg Town Board meeting chamber.

After the 85-year-old retired teacher and Town Board watchdog died Nov. 10, 1995, the board placed a memorial plaque on the chair she had frequented for 40 years. Kimmel kept a close eye on town officials, and frequently questioned them on spending, as well as on points of grammar.

When the board moved into its new meeting room in Town Hall in 1998, members of taxpayer groups noticed that the chair was not among those that were moved. Town officials said the chair would be found and relocated to the meeting room.

"The goal was to honor her presence in the Town Hall as a participant and a disciplinarian," Town Councilman D. Mark Cavalcoli said.

Several months ago, taxpayer groups proposed the chair be given to the Hamburg Historical Society.

But the signal didn't get through to Highway Superintendent James F. Connolly. He said the chair was found in the basement of Town Hall, and rather than relocate the chair, the plaque was removed and placed on one of the spectators' chairs in the front of the room.

"If you have a change of mind, we'll move it," Supervisor Patrick H. Hoak told the taxpayer groups.
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