Niagara Gazette — LOCKPORT — Robert Shively has been chosen as Niagara County Senior of the Year, the Office for the Aging said at a presentation Tuesday at a Legislature meeting.
County officials said Shively is extremely active in his community, especially as a valued member of the Town of Niagara Lions Club for which he has belonged to since 1989. He’s serving as treasurer and a past president of the organization and has also served as a district governor, overseeing the activities of 56 different Lions Clubs.
Shively also a current member and past president of the Hooker/Occidental Retirees Club and president of the Council for Older Adults of Niagara County.
But what really stands out is his work as current director of the New York State & Bermuda Lions “SEE” (Screening Eyes Early) Program. Shively visits local Head Start Programs and takes pictures of young children’s eyes with a special camera, then sends them to the University at Buffalo for ophthalmologist review and possible treatment.
Shively has personally screened over 8,000 children’s eyes, the Office of the Aging said. He is a tireless, generous and caring individual, an asset to our community and a great representative of Niagara County, the Office said.
Shively was born in Pennsylvania and moved to New York in 1950. After graduating from high school, he worked at Hooker/Occidental Chemical for over 36 years, retiring in 1996. Shively now works part-time at Niagara Falls Country Club and resides in the Town of Lewiston with his wife Joan.
In other county news, Niagara County lawmakers accepted a $1,050 grant from William G. Pomeroy Foundation for the purpose of obtaining and erecting an historic marker outlining the achievements of Sylvester Pendleton Clark.
The marker, intended to serve as recognition for Sylvester Pendleton Clark’s contribution to the growth and success of the Erie Canal, will be installed in Pendleton. A veteran of the War of 1812, Clark left Rhode Island and settled on Grand Island to start timbering the great white oaks for shipbuilding.