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Two Schuyler County Volunteers Honored in Albany


With May being Older Americans Month, New York’s 59 county offices for the aging and their partners nominate older adults who have made their communities a better place for all through their volunteer and civic engagement efforts. Two of the 100 New York residents honored in Albany this week for their efforts are Schuyler County residents.

Harold Chaffee, affectionately known as “Bub,” has been an integral part of the Watkins Glen community and its surrounding areas for decades. With nearly 50 years of coaching experience, Chaffee’s impact on the youth of Schuyler County is immeasurable. As a coach for multiple youth programs, he has not only taught the fundamentals of sports but also instilled values of teamwork, leadership, and resilience in generations of young athletes.

Chaffee’s commitment to giving back extends beyond the field, as evidenced by his involvement in various community initiatives. Whether it’s organizing events or providing guidance to former students turned colleagues, his dedication to nurturing the next generation is unwavering.

A lifelong resident of Schuyler County, Harold’s roots run deep in Watkins Glen, where he and his wife Linda have raised their family. His legacy as a coach and mentor continues to shape the community, inspiring countless individuals to strive for excellence both on and off the field.

Reflecting on his years of service, Harold emphasizes the importance of giving back and the joy of watching young individuals grow and succeed. His commitment to making a difference in the lives of others serves as a beacon of inspiration for the entire community.

As a lifelong resident of Schuyler County, Alice Conklin‘s commitment to the betterment of her community runs deep. Her impact spans various spheres, from her role as an esteemed educator to her involvement with essential community programs.

Conklin’s passion for education is evident in her 30-year career as a teacher, where she not only impared knowledge to countless students but also actively engaged in advocating for teachers’ rights. Beyond the classroom, Conklin has extended her educational efforts to the broader community, serving as a counselor for the Health Insurance Information, Counseling and Assistance Program, which provides free and objective counseling to older adults about Medicare and other health insurance. Her counseling sessions extend beyond the office, often taking place in clients’ homes or other convenient locations, providing personalized assistance. She is often stopped in the grocery store or at community events with questions about Medicare insurance. Conklin also teaches the local HIICAP Medicare 101 classes, allowing her to continue as an educator.

In addition to her educational endeavors, Conklin works part-time as a court clerk and deputy tax collector. She and her husband have four children.

“Pursue what interests you and aligns with your passions,” Conklin said.

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