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Career closes for Chesebrough

Director of Hyde Library retiring

Joshua Hyde Public Library Director Ellie Chesebrough stands behind the circulation desk at the library last week. After 17 years at the helm, Chesebrough will be retiring later this month to get more involved in farming. Ryan Grannan-Doll. (click for larger version)
January 10, 2010
STURBRIDGE — After 17 years as director of the Joshua Hyde Public Library Ellie Chesebrough is steering her life in a new direction.

Chesebrough, 61, will retire later this month. Rebecca Plimpton Marconi has been chosen as the building's new top administrator and will start Monday, Jan. 25.

Chesebrough said she chose Friday, Jan. 29 her last day to make sure she had time to assure a smooth transition for Marconi.

With more time on her hands, Chesebrough, a Douglas resident, plans to become more involved in farming.

"I live on a farm and want to do full-time farming," she said last week. "I'm very serious about it."

Attending a Moveable Feasts dinner at Tantasqua Regional High School in 2008, which served up locally grown organic natural foods, helped Chesbrough decide to retire. "That whole Moveable Feasts thing was sort of an eye-opener for me," she said.

With only days left at her job, Chesebrough said she will miss the daily interactions with staff and patrons.

For more on this story, please see Monday's Southbridge Evening News.

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