Thursday, January 1, 2004

Addyston losing stalwarts

Couple served as mayor, councilman for combined total of 40 years

By Perry Schaible
Enquirer contributor

ADDYSTON - Carole Kolb is a wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother. And, for the last two decades, she's been the backbone of the village of Addyston.

As the village's longest-serving mayor, Kolb, 70, dedicated 22 years to the community before stepping down Thursday.

"To me (Kolb) should be one of those women-of-the-year-type things," said longtime resident and local historian Ray Sisson.

Together, Carole and her husband, Ray, 72, an 18-year councilman, have dedicated 40 years to the Hamilton County village of 1,200.

"They have been the rock on which this village is resting," Sisson said.

The pair chose not to run for re-election when their terms expired. The Tuesday evening council meetings interfered with the sports activities of the Kolb's grandchildren.

"We had been in there for quite a few years, and we just felt that we wanted to get out for a little while," Ray Kolb said. "It's quite an undertaking."

The Kolbs raised four children in Addyston.

"When you live in a town, you want it to look nice, and that's why you get involved," Carole Kolb said.

Through the years, she performed several hundred weddings, one of her favorite roles in the position. She also worked on beautification of the village.

Ray Kolb focused his years of service to caring for the parks. As a retired plumber, he donated his expertise when necessary.

"We've got a nice new, young council now, and we're kind of anxious to see how they handle some of the problems we came up against," Ray Kolb said. "It won't be long before they'll be getting their feet wet."

Dan Pillow will be sworn in as mayor today with council members Jason Fry and Ronnie Pugh.

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