Like most small communities these days, Star depends a lot on volunteers to get things done; restoring the pink house, fixing up the park, raising funds for the fire department, and the list goes on. Star’s dependable volunteers are a mix of folks whose families have been in the community for generations and others who are “come here’s,” attracted to the small town for a variety of reasons.
Dail and Harry Grant, better known as Skip to their many friends, fall into the latter category. When they moved permanently to Star in 2004, they knew one of the best ways to get to know people is to get involved.
The Grants weren’t strangers to small town life, coming to Star from New Lebanon, in upstate New York, near the border with Connecticut and Massachusetts, a town Skip describes as a lot like Star, a “one-stop-light town.”
Skip spent his working life as a machine mechanic, then production technician and supervisor for Sterling Drug and later with medical equipment maker Bechton-Dickenson. He also spent several years serving summonses and carrying out the other duties of New Lebanon Town Constable.
Dail was the familiar face behind the counter at the local post office.
Both were involved in community organizations. Skip was a district officer in the Lions Club and as he says, “always got stuck with the cooking,” including his favorite event, the club’s big annual beer fest, as well as cooking at the Lebanon Valley Raceway.
Dail cooked for church suppers and bake sales and helped out with the American Legion Auxiliary.
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