October 29, 2012


Marathon honors supervisor, councilman

New Town Hall named after Charles Adams Jr.

MarathonJoe McIntyre/staff photographer
Current Marathon Town Supervisor Tom Adams views a portrait of longtime Supervisor Charles Adams Jr. on a plaque memorializing his life and work. The newly constructed Town Hall was dedicated in his name Saturday as his daughter Barb Jefferson looks on.

Staff Reporter

MARATHON — The memories of Charles S. Adams Jr. and Don Hines were honored Saturday during a ceremony at Town Hall.
Adams, who served as Marathon’s town supervisor for 19 years, and Hines, who served as a town councilman for 14 years, were honored with plaques that will hang in the Town Hall.
Adams died of cancer in April and Hines died of cancer in June.
The Town Hall will also bear Adams’ name, as a way of honoring the man who spearheaded the purchase of the new facility in March 2007.
At the ceremony, the board made its final payment on the Town Hall’s mortgage to Alliance Bank, a move that people said Adams would surely appreciate.
State Assemblyman Gary Finch (R-Springport) shared a resolution honoring Adams sponsored by himself and state Sen. Jim Seward (R-Milford). A representative of Rep. Richard Hanna (R-Barneveld) also read a resolution.
Hines, who also served Marathon for 49 years as a firefighter, will also be honored with an Assembly resolution in January, Finch said.
The ceremony was filled with both tears and laughter as a small crowd of about 30 that included family and friends gathered to remember Adams and Hines.
“This is a small town in Central New York that has seen unexpected changes,” acting town Supervisor Thomas Adams said. “Their friendship is missed by us all.”
“It’s just such a wonderful thing that people thought that much of him to do this,” said Shirley Hines, Hines’ wife for nearly 44 years.
“He was for the community through and through,” Hines said. “Anything he could do for the people. He wanted to help them.”
During the ceremony, Connie White, Adams’ widow, told the Marathon Town Board about her husband’s confidence in them.
“Chuck believed in his Town Board very much,” White said.
Thomas Adams, who is no relation to Charles, remembered Hines for his extensive participation in the community, including his time in the Marathon Fire Department and work with Maple Festival, as well as his upbeat attitude.
“He never seemed to be down,” Adams said.
Naming the Town Hall after Charles Adams was planned for a long time, said Tom Adams, who is not related to Charles Adams.
“This was on my mind long before Chuck died,” Adams said. “It took all of a half second for them (the Town Board) to concur.”
Adams was honored for being fiscally conservative. Councilman Jim Dann recalled from his days on the board of education that Adams always attended the meetings to see how the school district was spending its tax dollars.
White remembered how Adams enjoyed keeping track of the town’s accounts.
“While I’m in the kitchen, I miss him not being at the table because he loved going through the books,” she said.


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