Watkins Glen Woman Named "Woman of Distinction"

A long-time Schuyler County Cornell Cooperative Extension educator, leader and founder of the Southern Tier Parkinson's Disease Support Group will be honored next week as a "Woman of Distinction" by the New York State Senate. 

For 35 years until her retirement in 2005, Virginia "Ginny" Houseknecht served as the Family and Consumer Sciences Program Leader for Cornell Cooperative Extension of Schuyler County. She is known across the Southern Tier for her leadership and research-based education in food sciences, nutrition and health, parenting, and financial management.

The Watkins Glen resident tells us about her reaction to first hearing of her selection




                                              
Barbara Hubbell, Director of Community Solutions for the United Way of the Southern Tier, nominated Houseknecht for this year’s “Woman of Distinction” tribute.



Houseknecht will represent Senator Tom O’Mara’s District and join honorees from across New York at the Senate’s 15th annual “Women of Distinction” tribute Tuesday.  

The awards ceremony and reception will be held in the Legislative Office Building, where Houseknecht’s biography and photo will be displayed as part of a special Senate exhibit.

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