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Donna Hayes got her due recognition from Genoa Village Council last week.
The family of the former longtime tax and billing clerk who died more than two years ago was presented with a plague in her honor at Monday’s council meeting.
The engraved plaque contained the first softball pitched during the game when Diamond 2 at Veterans Park officially memorialized Hayes’ legacy by bearing her name.
Hayes was instrumental in softball and other leagues in the area for years as well as maintaining involvement in a number of other community events.
“There was a mix up back then and the family and Donna never got the proper recognition,” Village Administrator Kevin Gladden said. “We never did a formal dedication ceremony.”
But Gladden saved the softball that day and held onto it, hoping for a chance to honor his former co-worker and friend.
“She was a good person and I am glad we could finally do this for them,” Gladden said.
“There are about 20 people signed up so far,” Village Administrator Kevin Gladden said Tuesday afternoon.
Those addresses will go on a free list available at the village administration office on Sixth Street as well as several of the businesses downtown. Sandwich boards on downtown streets and the Kiwanis board across from town hall have been advertising the event that runs from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. both days.
The $5 registration fee goes to the organizer, the Genoa Merchants Association. The money will be used for things such as flowers and other beautification projects, Gladden said.
“It’s a great idea. People all work together and it helps cut down on the garage sale sign problem we have had in the past,” Gladden said.
The community garage sale is becoming popular event across the county.
For years, Elmore has hosted one the weekend of the Portage River Festival.
And this year, Oak Harbor held one the first weekend in June. The event was so popular that the Oak Harbor Chamber of Commerce has coordinated another community wide event on Aug. 24 and 25, according to the chamber website.