New Scotland deputy town clerk retires

NEW SCOTLAND — After 21 years of working for the Town of New Scotland, Carol Cootware is retiring from her position as deputy town clerk.

Cootware started working for the town in February 1993, two months after her husband heard at the December 1992 town board meeting that there was a job opening in the supervisor’s office.

At last week’s town board meeting, the board read a proclamation recognizing Cootware’s contribution and service to the town, and Town Clerk Diane Deschenes gave her flowers and a hug.

Cootware describes her favorite part of her job as “seeing people every day, the town people,” and helping them with things like licenses for dogs, marriages, and hunting.

She plans to take the rest of the year to enjoy her retirement, and then possibly start looking for a part-time job next January.

“I really enjoyed working here,” she said. “Maybe there will be something here part-time.”

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