FALCONER - If you enjoy the new metal railing and bike rack at the Falconer Library, thank Tony Genco the next time you see him in the village.
Genco is the owner of AJ Genco Machine Shop, 235 Carter St., Falconer. When he heard the previous wood railing at the library had rotted, he wanted to support the community by donating a new metal railing. He also knew there was a need for a bike rack at the library, so he decided to donate that as well.
"I do a lot of work with the baseball teams and knew the kids needed it," he said. "All the kids in the community need a bike rack."
From left, Tony Genco, AJ Genco Machine Shop owner, Sue Seamans, Falconer Library manager, and Sam Ognibene, Falconer Public Works Department supervisor, at the Falconer Library, 101 W. Main St., next to the library’s new rail. Genco donated the railing to the library because the previous wood rail had rotted.
P-J photo by Dennis Phillips
Genco said his sons, A.J. Genco and Colton Howard, use the library often.
"It is the benefit of living in a small community," he said. "I wanted to give back to the community."
Sue Seamans, Falconer Library manager, said the wooden railing was about 14 years old.
"For us it is great," she said about the new railing. "The Resource Center uses the library a lot, and it is important to have a sturdy railing."
Genco said he heard from Sam Ognibene, Falconer Public Works Department supervisor, about the need for the new railing and bike rack at the library.
"Sam and his crew do a good job of getting the word out when there is a problem," Genco said.
Ognibene said it is nice to have business owners like Genco who hear about a problem and want to get involved in finding a solution.
"He built it and graciously donated it to the village," Ognibene said. "There is a lot of community spirit here in the village."
FALCONER LIBRARY AWARDED FIVE-STAR AWARD
For the sixth year in a row, the Falconer Library has been given the Five-Star Award by The Library Journal. In the November issue of the journal, the library was given the Five-Star Award and is No. 1 within the category of libraries with a budget of $100,000 to $499,999. The award is sponsored by Bake and Taylor's Bibliostate and is based on 2010 data released by the Institute of Museum and library Services. The Library Journal evaluates more than 7,500 libraries in the United States. Seamans credits the Falconer Village and Ellicott Town boards who support the library.