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Waterbury Steps Down as Mount Pleasant Historian

VALHALLA, N.Y. – After serving on the historical society since late 1978, lifelong Mount Pleasant resident George Waterbury is stepping down from his position as town historian.

“I’m sad that I’m leaving my position but my wife and I will still be members and we’ll still do what we can from time to time,” Waterbury said.

The 89-year-old Thornwood resident has been the president of the Mount Pleasant Historical Society since 1997. This past Friday, the town honored Waterbury by holding a retirement party for him at the Pleasantville Country Club, which was attended by notable members of the town and county such as Mount Pleasant Town Supervisor Joan Maybury, Pleasantville Mayor Peter Scherer, County Executive Rob Astorino and County Legislator Michael Smith. One of Waterbury’s honors was having the tower room in the Mount Pleasant Town Hall, the site of all meetings for the historical society, renamed to “The Waterbury Room.”

In his time serving as town historian, Waterbury was the go-to person for all information regarding Mount Pleasant. He and his wife Claudine, along with Bert Ruiz, wrote a book titled “ Images of America: Mount Pleasant ,” which highlights the town over the previous century through a series of photographs. However, Waterbury said his favorite moment was being honored last Friday for his work.

“I think being recognized this time was great, I know I did a lot over the years but I wasn’t expecting that,” Waterbury said. “I have about 20 different plaques here for my work and each one of them is great.”

Waterbury, who was originally born in Pleasantville and graduated from Pleasantville High School and Pace University, is also a World War II veteran. Over the years, he has been heavily involved with local veteran’s societies.

Patrick Raftery, a trustee member of the Mount Pleasant Historical Society, will take over for Waterbury as town historian. Waterbury said he is excited to pass on the torch.

“He’s a young fellow and I think he’ll do a great job,” Waterbury said of the 29-year-old Raftery. “He will continue it.”

As for his plans for the future, Waterbury said he’s going to take it easy.

“Well I’m going to be 90 this summer so I think my wife and I, we’re just going to relax,” Waterbury said.

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