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Crawford council seeks to honor 'Gabby'

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The Crawford Town Council is considering how best to honor a longtime employee after a local couple sought support for a memorial bench.

Hotchkiss residents Gary and Elaine Violett asked the town for support for a memorial bench as a way to honor Dale "Gabby" George, the former longtime public works director who passed away last month. George was a member of the Crawford School class of 1962; the class was the last to graduate from the school. The former school is now Crawford Town Hall.

At the Feb. 17 work session, trustees discussed ways of honoring George. Current public works director Bruce Bair suggested renaming the town shop "Gabby George Town Shop."

After agreeing that a bench would be appropriate, trustees tossed suggestions around on where to place it. New town clerk Cally Gallegos suggested the basketball court would be appropriate. "He was a basketball referee," said Gallegos.

Trustee Hetty Todd suggested installing a concrete bench so no one would carry it off. Considering past vandalism -- a bench once anchored at the courts now sits in the town shop after it was pulled out of the ground twice -- council agreed that was a good suggestion.

After contacting the town, Elaine Violett, who also graduated in 1962, tried to rally support from remaining classmates, but getting in touch with them is proving to be difficult, said Gary Violett. He contacted the town early this week to let the town know they won't be pursuing the project.

The town will likely continue discussion, said Bair. Council meets at 7 p.m. tonight. While the issue is not on the agenda, trustees could bring the discussion up during staff reports.

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