Office for the Aging


Hamilton County Honorees

James McIntyre is a native of Long Lake in Hamilton County and has lived there his entire life, with the exception of time spent serving his country in the US Army. He and his late wife Marcella raised four children and he has nine grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. Currently, he lives with his companion of 15 years, Donna McDonald.

Jim is an active member and former Commander of the Long Lake American Legion. He has served on the board of the Warren-Hamilton Counties Community Action, as President of the Hamilton County Council of Senior Citizens and as a member of the Office for the Aging's Advisory Council. This is all in addition to the volunteering he does every day for the home delivered meal program. He is always available to lend a hand and provides rides to medical and other appointments to older adults.

Since his retirement 15 years ago, he has remained an active volunteer.

He started volunteering at the Long Lake meal site without thinking about getting anything out of it; because he just wanted to support the program.

His greatest reward is visiting with people and getting to know them.

Born in New York City, Robert Megargle is now a resident of Wells. He has been a full-time New York State resident for 29 years, and was a seasonal one for 25. He was a College Professor at the University of Missouri, Columbia (5 years), and, Cleveland State University, Ohio (25 years). He is married to Alice, and they have a son, Alan.

Robert voluntarily designed, wrote, debugged, and tested two book inventory database programs for the Virginia Hosley Free Library in Wells that significantly improved operational efficiency. The first allows books and other materials to be logged into the system and assigned a bar-code, with capability to revise or delete entries. The second saves patron information, assigns a library card number, and allows for book check-out and check-in with appropriate record keeping. Robert wrote a manual for this system, conducted instructional workshops, and led a volunteer effort to log all library holdings into the system.

He also constructed 71 wooden shelf units to improve the library floor plan and replace older metal shelves that were the wrong size for books, a project that approximately doubled the number of books that can be shelved. Robert hoped that his volunteer project would improve the original library system that required the desk clerk to write down patron names and checked-out items in a spiral notebook, then cross them out when items were returned.

Robert's reward from his volunteering was "satisfaction with the new library confi guration and appearance. It increased shelf space and presented a warmer, more 'Adirondack' character through the use of knotty-pine materials," he said.