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    MARY ANN SILVERMAN ‘Shame and disgust’


Armory volunteer ‘unappreciated and even berated’

The late Ed Silverman, who 50 years ago founded the Blackstone Arts & Crafts Festival, would be ashamed of how the Town is handling the armory issue and treating its supporters.

That was the message to Town Council on Aug. 19th from Silverman’s daughterin-law, Mary Ann Silverman of Virginia Lee Boulevard west of town.

The late Mr. Silverman, a longtime Courier-Record advertising manager, was known to many as “Uncle Ed.” He died in 1980 and was also a founder of the Kenbridge Jackass Derby which raised thousands of dollars for Kenbridge Emergency Squad.

“Ed Silverman worked countless hours for many years to help promote this town,” Mrs. Silverman recalled, “and I know he’s looking down with shame and disgust at many of the happenings within the past few years.”

Mrs. Silverman is among the volunteers who have been “hauling trash, painting, washing walls, scrubbing floors and toilets in sweltering heat” inside the Town-owned landmark.



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