BEACON – More than 200 participants enjoyed the Beacon Historical Society’s seventh annual “Beacons of History” awards on November 9. The awards were presented to a couple and a group who have made substantial contributions to Beacon and helped to preserve its history and sense of community.
Joanne and Ian MacDonald
Ian and his late wife Joanne have made many significant contributions to Beacon, most notably to the Beacon Historical Society, a passion they shared. Joanne taught at Sargent Elementary for 20 years. Ian, a Beacon native, served as Assistant City Judge for 10 and County Attorney for 17 years. Outside of their professional careers, both volunteered their time to organizations supporting the beauty and culture of the city. Joanne was a long-time member and president of the Tioronda Garden Club. Ian served as trustee and president of the Howland Library Board of Trustees. Both have given generously of themselves to better and beautify Beacon.
Beacon Volunteer Firefighters Past and Present
The proud tradition of volunteer firefighting began in the Twin Villages as early as 1840, and since that time, thousands of brave men and women have answered the alarm to save lives and properties through selfless (and often dangerous) service to the rest of us. The three current volunteer companies, Beacon Engine, Mase Hook & Ladder and Lewis Tompkins Hose Company, have protected our community for decades but now face unprecedented 21st-century challenges and pressures. These dedicated neighbors were honored for their volunteer spirit, selfless service and admirable courage on behalf of the residents of Beacon.
The cocktail party was held at the Roundhouse as both a friend- and a fund-raiser for the Historical Society, which is headquartered at 61 Leonard Street. Funds raised will be used to assist the Society in paying its headquarter expenses, establishing new displays and caring for its vast collection.
“We are so grateful to the outstanding and deserving honorees, attendees, sponsors and supporters – thanks to them, the event was a huge success by every measure,” said Historical Society President Denise VanBuren, noting that it is the Society’s single largest fundraiser of the year. “Beacon is changing so much, and we are committed to commemorating the history that made this such a special place through the generations. All are welcome to join that mission – simply visit www.BeaconHistorical.org and click the support tab for membership information.”