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Thursday, April 28, 2011

Long-time resident remembered

The public is invited to a 2 p.m. reception at Forsyth Public Library on Friday, May 6, for the unveiling of a watercolor painted in memory of the late Bill Current, a longtime Forsyth resident.

Head Librarian Jean Campbell said the family was pleased with her suggestion to use a portion of the memorial donations for this purpose, and local artist Clint Johnston was commissioned to create a rendering of the library.

“We received a generous number of memorial donations,” Campbell said.

Some of the donations were also used to purchase books for the library’s collection reflective of Current’s interests, including World War II and adventure themes dealing with Alaska. Those books will be on display during the reception, which will also serve as a way to introduce the community to Rachel Miller, the new children’s librarian, who recently joined the library staff.

Current, 87, died Aug. 20, 2010, since living in Forsyth from age 2. He was a retired brick mason who operated Current Masonry with his father.

Current’s widow, Barbara, Forsyth’s first Village Clerk and an early supporter of the library as an original member of the Library Committee, and the couple’s daughter, Becky Wayne, plan to be present for the afternoon reception when the painting is unveiled.

Barbara Current said pride in the Village runs through three generations of her family, with two grandsons, as well as her late husband and their daughter, graduating from Maroa-Forsyth High School. Other family members living in the Village include Bill’s brother, Jim Current, and a sister, Mary Alice Gardner.

Mayor Hap Gilbert said he appreciates the Village pride shown by the entire Current family and praised Bill Current as “a good ambassador for the Village” and for his unique ability to make everyone feel important.

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