- Nadine Cafaro
Not many people serve on village or town boards for over 30 years, but JoAnn Scheels, former trustee and deputy mayor for the Village of Montgomery, did just that.
For 37 years, Scheels served on the Village Board of Montgomery. Her final term ended this year.
“We’ve been through a lot together,” said Mayor L. Stephen Brescia when presenting Scheels with a plaque. “You really put yourself involved in all aspects of what’s going on. I can’t thank you enough for your service.”
Of her almost 40 years, Scheels dedicated 21 years to being deputy mayor. “I want to thank you for giving me all those years to run,” mentioned Scheels after receiving the plaque. “I’m still going to be here.”
Trustee Michael Hembury took the time to tell a story involving Scheels saving a young kid, who was choking, at an event years ago. “She saved this kid’s life,” said Hembury, who mentioned Scheels’ past of being an emergency room nurse.
Scheels, a born and raised Montgomery resident, also served as the liaison to the Town of Montgomery Ambulance Corps. She is known for taking on the Village Recreation Program and putting on events like the annual Easter Egg Hunt. During her time on board, she also audited bills for the village, focused on infrastructure issues and maintained the local park.
Scheels mentioned why she loved being on the board.
“I really enjoy the people, I love being around people and helping. Everybody has been just marvelous to me and I can’t complain about one person in the whole village,” said Scheels.