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July 2014 Jefferson Award: Jeanne Osgood


An Adams County retiree has begun a second career – or two or three.

Jeanne Osgood has become a community volunteer. For her efforts, Osgood is being recognized with a Jefferson Award.

“I just love this library.”

We found Jeanne Osgood working in the wildflower garden at the Lester Public Library in the town of Rome.

“I have been involved in the library since I moved to the town of Rome. It is the place to go to get information. It is a busy place.”

Osgood has volunteered at the library since moving to rural Adams County for retirement in early 1990s.

While some retirees would be content to sit and relax, Osgood searches for ways to keep busy.

“I found places that needed a little help and then it sorta grew and those places still need help.”

Several times a week she helps answer library goers questions inside the building or outside, using her master gardener skills.

If you can't find her, she may be in the community vegetable garden providing in home visits for hospice patients, volunteering at her church or with the award-winning Romemakers, or a community education group.

“Before I retired, I never kept a calender, now I have to. I wouldn't know where I was supposed to be. Oh, that's right I'm supposed to be there,” Osgood said.

She encourages others to look for ways they can volunteer.

“People can help in their communities doing some of the same things that I am doing.”

In her free time, Osgood continues to enroll in university classes, pursuing a life-long passion for learning.

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