Congressman will honor the late Michael Paduchak today

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 13 March 2017 at 9:36 am

File photo by Tom Rivers: Michael Paduchak was honored on Dec. 2, 2014 for his service to the Orleans County Soil and Water Conservation District. He served on Soil & Water’s board of directors for more than three decades. He is pictured with Ed Morgan (left) the Soil and Water board chairman, and Dennis Kirby, manager of Soil & Water.

ALBION – Michael Paduchak, a World War II veteran who was a long-serving Kendall town supervisor and local farmer, will be recognized as “Veteran of the Month” today by Congressman Chris Collins.

The congressman will posthumously honor Paduchak, a staff sergeant in the Army from 1944 to 1946. Paduchak in 2009 received 10 medals, badges, lapel and buttons, including the Bronze Star for bravery in a time of combat. Those medals were awarded 63 years after he completed his service, fighting in France and Germany.

Paduchak would lead the Kendall town government for 32 years and was a member of the Kendall Fire Department for more than 50 years. He passed away at age 91 on Jan. 21, 2017.

His daughter, Nadine Hanlon, is clerk of the Orleans County Legislature. She and other family members will receive a Congressional Commendation and an American Flag that was flown over the Capitol Building in Washington, D.C.

Collins is scheduled to present the commendation in honor of Paduchak at 2 p.m. today at the County Clerks Building, 3 South Main St.

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