CONSTABLEVILLE-November 13, 2019. — A village playground saw some much-needed revitalization this summer thanks
to a grant from the Kenneth V. and Jeannette Remp Sawyer Community Fund at the Northern New York
Officials used a $1,500 award to install new bedding chips and a border to keep them in place. The grant
also helped support fresh coats of stain and paint in several worn-out sections of the playground.
Joe Genter, Village of Constableville trustee and deputy mayor, and Mary Failing, Constableville village
clerk recently showed off the work that volunteers completed. Officials plan to hold additional fundraisers to
secure funding for future playground improvements, if necessary.
The award is one of 11 made this year from the Sawyer Community Fund to support programs and projects
that broadly impact the quality of life for residents in Boonville, Constableville and Westernville.
The Kenneth V. and Jeannette Remp Sawyer Community Fund was established in 2018 as a geographicspecific fund to support programs, projects and initiatives that broadly impact and enhance the quality of life
in Boonville, Constableville and Westernville in perpetuity. The Sawyers were passionate about the quality
of life in their community, participating in many community activities and volunteering for several local
organizations. Through the community fund, the Sawyer family established a lasting charitable resource that
will positively impact these communities forever.
The application for the next grant cycle for funding from the Kenneth V. and Jeannette Remp Sawyer
Community Fund will be available in February 2020.
About Kenneth V. and Jeannette Remp Sawyer
Mr. and Mrs. Sawyer participated in many community events and activities through the years and served
on local boards and committees. Mr. Sawyer was a Boonville native, served in the United States Army, and
enjoyed a career at Layng Furniture Company and as a supervisor at Boonville’s Erwin Park. Most notably,
he was a talented musician. He played tenor saxophone in his high school band and clarinet with the
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Boonville Village Band. He frequently played with three separate drum and bugle corps in Boonville
and Rome. Mr. Sawyer died in 2008.
Mrs. Sawyer completed a successful career of more than 45 years at Rome Savings Bank and was an
avid follower of the stock market. She also served on the finance committee of Boonville United Methodist
Church. She assisted organizations such as the Daughters of the American Revolution, Dodge Pratt Northam
Art and Community Center, the Erwin Library, and the Boonville Cemetery. Mrs. Sawyer died in 2015.
In 2017, the Kenneth V. Sawyer and Jeannette Remp Sawyer Scholarship Fund was established through
the Northern New York Community Foundation to benefit Adirondack Central School graduates. The
endowed fund will award two scholarships each year forever, supporting the business and music pursuits
of high school graduates from the district.