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Leroy Duroux is the quintessential mayor

Dear Editor:

We want to take this time to thank Leroy Duroux for the support, encouragement and hands-on help that he has given to both the town and the Basalt Regional Heritage Society these past years as the mayor of Basalt. Without his ongoing commitment to our programs and the restoration of the Arbaney Barn, this massive undertaking would not have been accomplished.

Leroy truly showed what it meant to be mayor by literally getting his hands dirty and pitching in at all of our events. He helped serve chicken at our annual Mother Blair’s chicken dinner. When we needed to collect red rock for the foundation of the Arbaney Barn, he joined us up the Fryingpan River to collect the stones and deliver them to the barn. At Saloon Night, he helped move and set up game tables, even building us our own custom craps table when the cost to purchase one was out of our budget.

Indeed, Leroy was the type of mayor every town should strive for. Not content to just sit behind the table at council meetings, he emerged from behind that table to work in and with the community. He saw it as his job to be up early at the Sunday farmers market to set up tents and tables, and he set up River Days the night before. He joined in with Hispanic groups to stage Basalsa and still had time left over to enjoy and participate in all of these events.

Thank you, Leroy, for your tireless devotion to making our little town of Basalt a place where everyone wants to live.

Basalt Regional Heritage Society

Nancy Maurin, president

Gingie Bair, secretary

Ryan White, treasurer

Janice Duroux, vice president

Diana C. Cordova Elliott, public-relations director

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