GENESEO -- Tuesday's Munson Township Board meeting was bittersweet for Alan Yager.
The afternoon session in the Munson Township Hall south of Geneseo was filled with memories for Mr. Yager, who has served as either trustee or supervisor for the last 50 years. As a child, he attended eight years of school in the building, before it was converted into the town hall.
He was appointed to the board in March of 1963, and then elected every four years since, first as trustee, and then for the last six elections, as supervisor.
His tenure is the longest his fellow board members could recall. Incoming supervisor Jeff Orton, elected without opposition last month, said he sees stories in state and national township magazines recognizing people who have served between 20 and 30 years.
"It was about a little thing called civic duty," said Mr. Yager, who followed in the footsteps of his father, the late Willis Yager, who also served as a trustee on the Munson Township Board.
"I've been coming to these meetings for over 50 years, and it has been a pleasure," Mr. Yager said, adding that the "guys" he has worked with have been "wonderful and everything we have done has been as a team."
"I do know if the weather was good, the meetings were short," he said, explaining most members were farmers and would take care of business in short order so they could return to their fields.
Mr. Yager said changes through the years include more state regulations and increases in the amount of money townships oversee.
"There's more money coming in through taxes, but expenses are much higher as well."
"Overall it's been a pleasure to serve on the board," he said. "I've been honored to have everyone support me and elect me over the years – and it's been a lot of elections."
He and his wife, Connie Yager, have three children and 11 grandchildren.
Today is Saturday, Aug. 30, the 242nd day of 2014. There are 123 days left in the year.
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