CHAZY — After decades of community service, a local couple got recognition worthy of royalty.
George and Janet Brendler were crowned king and queen as part of the traditional Chazy Old Home Day celebration.
The Brendlers settled in the Town of Chazy 48 years ago. On Sunday, a clear sky and bright sun shone over the Chazy Recreation Park as they sat on white chairs before familiar faces. They wore big smiles as the ceremonial red and gold crowns were set on their heads.
The Chazy Lions Club, which hosts Old Home Day, chose the Brendlers as this year’s royalty based on their community-service efforts.
“I believe many people who came before me were a lot more deserving of this, so I am honored,” Janet said.
Their daughter, Liz Tedford, was ecstatic, as well.
“It’s nice to see them get recognized for their service and dedication to their community,” she said.
George, a longtime physical education teacher at Chazy Central Rural School before his retirement, spent decades serving the youth of Chazy.
He is legendary in the region for his many years as boys’ soccer coach; a playing field now bears his name.
George also ran the American Red Cross swimming program at the school, as well.
Janet’s expertise lies in the field of nursing.
The retired couple does not think price tags or luxury when doing what they do.
As volunteers for the Alice T. Miner Colonial Collection museum, they’ve spent years giving tours, keeping records and looking after artifacts.
Janet is a member of the Friends of Chazy Public Library, and George serves as president of its Board of Trustees.
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George and Janet both were born in 1934, and World War II played a role in shaping who they would become.