Photos: Eva Trager Memorial ceremony remembers five who had “significant impact”

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  • Bob Cilman and Kathy Service speak about Duane Robinson, late manager of the Academy of Music Theatre, during a ceremony Friday at the Eva Trager Memorial, right, on Main Street in Northampton. The names of four other honorees were added to the base of the owl sculpture by Greg Stone: Charles Bowles, William Letendre, Gordon Thorne and Dan Yacuzzo.  STAFF PHOTOS/KEVIN GUTTING

  • An bronze owl sculpture by the late Greg Stone perches on the Eva Trager Memorial on Main Street in Northampton. In a ceremony attended by nearly 200 people on Friday, the names of Charles Bowles, William Letendre, Duane Robinson, Gordon Thorne and Dan Yacuzzo were added to the memorial "honoring the memory of those who have had a significant impact on the vitality of downtown Northampton." —STAFF PHOTO/KEVIN GUTTING

  • Kathy Couch, left, and Lisa Thomson speak about the late Gordon Thorne during a ceremony at the Eva Trager Memorial on Main Street in Northampton on Friday. —STAFF PHOTO/KEVIN GUTTING

  • Nancy Cowen, left, Judith Fine, Cathy Cross and Kristin Cole were recognized by Vince Jackson (not pictured) for their efforts in putting together the biennial Eva Trager Memorial ceremony. STAFF PHOTO/KEVIN GUTTING

  • In a ceremony on Main Street in Northampton on Friday, Sept. 13, 2019, the names of these five individuals were added to the Eva Trager Memorial "honoring the memory of those who have had a significant impact on the vitality of downtown Northampton." —STAFF PHOTO/KEVIN GUTTING

  • Pat Goggins, left, yields the podium to Lenny Jekanowski after offering a remembrance of Bill Letendre during a ceremony at the Eva Trager Memorial on Friday. —STAFF PHOTO/KEVIN GUTTING

  • Ezra Riber offers a remembrance of his older sister, Eva Trager, during the biennial Eva Trager Memorial ceremony on Friday. —STAFF PHOTO/KEVIN GUTTING

  • Lenny Jekanowski offers a remembrance of Bill Letendre during a ceremony at the Eva Trager Memorial on Friday. At right is the emcee for the biennial ceremony, Northampton Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Vince Jackson. —STAFF PHOTO/KEVIN GUTTING

  • Northampton Mayor David Narkewicz, left, Judith Fine, Cathy Cross and Ezra Riber listen to Pat Goggins offering a remembrance of Charles "Chuck" Bowles during a ceremony at the Eva Trager Memorial on Main Street on Friday. —STAFF PHOTO/KEVIN GUTTING

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Published: 9/14/2019 12:17:19 AM
Modified: 9/14/2019 12:17:07 AM

NORTHAMPTON – Close to 200 people gathered at the Eva Trager Memorial on Main Street during the city’s Arts Night Out on Friday to remember five individuals who, in the words of the memorial’s inscription, “have had a significant impact on the vitality of downtown Northampton.” The memorial, topped by a bronze sculpture of an owl by the late Greg Stone, stands near the spot of the former County Comfort store which Trager, known as the “Queen of Main Street,” founded in 1972 and operated until her death in 2011. The names of Charles “Chuck” Bowles, William A. Letendre, Duane Robinson, Gordon “Gordy” Thorne and Dan Yacuzzo, all of whom have passed in the last two years, have been added to 19 others on the base of the memorial.




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