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Board honors decades of service to the village

For more than half his life, James "Pat" Cosgrove has served on the village board in Solon Springs, many of those years as its president. So, when he resigned his post for retirement last month, the board he'd long serve on decided to honor the 4...

James "Pat" Cosgrove
James "Pat" Cosgrove chuckles as he gets a look at the Brewer's jersey presented to him at the village board meeting Monday night. Cosgrove retired last month after 40 years on the board (Superior Telegram)

For more than half his life, James "Pat" Cosgrove has served on the village board in Solon Springs, many of those years as its president.

So, when he resigned his post for retirement last month, the board he'd long serve on decided to honor the 40-year veteran of village politics -- not to mention the 14 years he also represented the area on the Douglas County Board.

Serving that long deserves something, said board trustee Todd Gilbert.

So Monday night, the board presented Cosgrove with a plaque for his 40 years of service, but the board didn't stop there.

On behalf of the board and the community, thank you," said Michael Blaylock, who replaced Cosgrove as village president in April.

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He presented Cosgrove with the plaque and a green gift bag.

"Pat is a big Brewers fan," Gilbert said.

So the board got together to get the 78-year-old public servant something special. Cosgrove was honored with his very own Brewers jersey, sporting his name and the number 40, in recognition of his many years of service to the village.

"It was time," Cosgrove said of his decision to retire following a recent surgery.

Cosgrove, whose most recent victory for the village was securing federal funding to bring the village's sewer system into compliance with Wisconsin Department of Natural Resource, said he is confident the village is in good hands with the current, younger board.

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