Town Hall got quieter today, it’s Queen Maryjane White retired. Town Clerk for the town of Medway for three decades. I was one of the few lucky ones at her small, covid style open house today. Though knowing her, I am sure she preferred the smaller version, with less attention, though she deserves so much more. Town Clerk for 30 years, also on the Town’s Selectboard, which she will continue to be, she has done more for this town than many might realize. Her passion, her dedication, and her sense of humor will all be missed.
She processed my marriage certificate, she handed me my first business permit for Tim Rice Photo, many dog license renewals, but more than that talked to my daughter about politics. Congratulated my son this past year as he handed in his first ballot, and was willing to answer any of my town questions I had. Multiply that by a whole town and she has touched the lives of everyone here in one way or another.
What I did not do much of was take her photo. We had an agreement. I would ask if I could take her photo every time I saw her, and she would say no. There was a one-sided benefit to the agreement, but I kept up my end as much as I could. I was “allowed” to take some today, and I am promised she will come to the studio to be in my We Are Medway Project, and I will hold her to that, the project would not be complete without her addition.
Congratulations on the well-deserved retirement MJ. Thank you for all you have done for this town.