Legion Auxiliary in Medina recognizes member with 67 years of service

By Ginny Kropf, correspondent Posted 3 October 2022 at 8:00 am

Louise Nicholson known as ‘one of the best bartenders we ever had’ at the Legion

Photos by Ginny Kropf: From left, Valerie Wells, secretary of the Butts-Clark American Legion Auxiliary; Chris Barone, Auxiliary president; and Cathy Fox, right, president of the County American Legion, pose with Louise Nicholson who is a 67-year member of the Auxiliary.

MEDINA – The Butts-Clark American Legion Auxiliary recognized its longest standing member in a get-together Sunday afternoon at the local post.

Louise Heveron Nicholson joined the American Legion Auxiliary in 1955 under the wing of her late husband Pat, according to her sister Phyllis Allport. She had also joined the Medina VFW in 1946 under her brother Roy Cook.

Cathy Fox, president of the Orleans County American Legion Auxiliary, presented Nicholson with a plaque signed by Anne M. Baglio, 8th District president, and Nancy Babis, chair of the Department of New York Membership. The plaque recognizes Nicholson for outstanding service and dedication to the organization.

Nicholson and her first husband Pat Heveron owned the Maui Inn on East Center Street when the American Legion was located upstairs.

“The guys patronized us a lot and I wanted to show our appreciation,” Nicholson said. “When they moved to North Main Street, I came down here to have a drink with the boys.”

Nicholson eventually became bartender at the Legion, and retired from there on her 90th birthday. She will be 97 Dec. 10.

Gary Hill called Nicholson, “One of the best bartenders we ever had.”

While waiting to receive her plaque, Nicholson enjoyed a drink at the bar.

“It’s just a short vodka and tonic, a very short one,” she said. “It’s my favorite drink.”

(Left) Cathy Fox, left, gives Louise Nicholson an envelope with her membership renewal form for the American Legion Auxiliary. Fox also holds the plaque presented to Nicholson for 67 years as a member of the Auxiliary. (Right) Family friend Robin Boyle of Lyndonville gives Louise Nicholson of Medina a corsage in celebration of her recognition for 67 years of membership in the Butts-Clark American Legion Auxiliary. Nicholson was recognized for her years of membership Sunday afternoon at the Legion Post.