Annette Choszczyk, former Delta County District library director, and Ann Murphy, a past president of the Paonia Friends and retired Friends board member, were honored at a luncheon on May 5.
The Friends of the Paonia Public Library organized the appreciation luncheon at the Delta Fireside Inn. Melody Bell Campton, a former president of the Delta County District Libraries board, spoke of Annette's success in bringing 21st century technology to the entire library district as well as her leadership in building the new Paonia Library.
"I worked with Ann Murphy when we were both on the district board. I was on the district board when we hired Annette -- and I can't express how much I appreciate both of them and their work not only for Paonia but for all the district libraries. We were a great team," said Bell Campton.
Those attending the luncheon included former Paonia Mayor Neal Schwieterman, many former members of the Paonia Library Development Committee, and officers and board members of the Paonia Friends. Myrna Westerman, retired Paonia Library manager, voiced her appreciation to them as well as to both Annette and Ann for their tireless efforts in bringing the dream of a new Paonia Library to its Third Street location.
Judy Livingston, a former Friends president, and Peggy Szvetecz, the current Friends president, presented the pair with gifts of flowers, cards and framed art photos of the North Fork Valley.
On Tuesday, Sept. 11, the Delta County Board of Commissioners called a special meeting to consider the board's response to the Bureau of Land Management's preliminary Environmental Assessment (EA) concerning the lease parcels proposed for the December BLM sale.
Several people from the North Fork were present to provide input.