Schuyler Youth Site Donor Remembered

Lee B. Harlan, donor of the Schuyler County Youth Site, passed away on July 14, 2010 in Rochester. A native of Elmira, New York, Harlan had also lived in Watkins Glen, Colorado Springs and Ft Myers.Harlan and his wife Shirley donated the 15 acre site on Meads Hill Road in Watkins Glen to Cornell Cooperative Extension (CCE) of Schuyler County back in 1970 to be used for youth activities. He and his family had been active in the 4-H horse program for many years. The land became the site of the youth fair in 1971 and has been used ever since for the Schuyler Youth Showcase as well as other 4-H activities such as science camps, fun days, animal clinics and outdoor events.Last summer, Harlan and his daughter, Sheila SinClair of Caledonia, visited the youth site during the annual Youth Showcase. A memorial stone with the inscription “Dedicated to the youth and future of Schuyler County, this land was donated in 1970 by Shirley and Lee Harlan” was placed in a flowerbed under the Schuyler Youth Site sign to honor the gift that has been used by hundreds of Schuyler County Youth over the years.CCE Executive Director Robin Travis remembers the dedication ceremony well. “We all were delighted to meet Mr. Harlan when he visited us last summer. Although his health did not allow him to tour the grounds, his daughter was able to make the rounds and share with him what she saw. They enjoyed a chicken barbeque with us and met current 4-Hers and their families. He was obviously a man who believed strongly in youth and in the 4-H program.”

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