CELORON - The village of Celoron has a new board member.
Celoron said goodbye to Steve Grundstrom, who moved away, and appointed Mary Keeney to fill his position.
Keeney, the wife of former Celoron mayor, the late Jack Keeney, has lived in the village for 48 years. Keeney got interested in the village as her husband worked on various projects and became interested in doing good things in the village. So when Grundstrom stepped down, Keeney agreed to step up and continue the work her husband set into motion for the village.
"(I like) the size of it - the smallness - the people," Keeney said when asked what she liked about Celoron. "... Ever since my husband took over as mayor, it's been a much more pleasant place to be."
She said she thought the village board was unique and a nice group of people, and she is glad to be a member.
"I know my husband really enjoyed working with the village," Keeney said. "It wasn't a job to him - it wasn't a political job to him. He was very interested in preserving (the village) and fixing it up and people wanting to come down there. I'm glad I can now be part of it. I think he would be very pleased to see that we have been following the plans he had laid out and there is a lot of good things coming our way."
Grundstrom's two-year term ends in December, so the position will be up for election in November. Keeney said she will be running to continue working with the village board this fall.