For town custodian, retirement is a clean sweep

Jacquie Mace sweeps catkins from the sidewalk in front of Ridgway Town Hall once more as she finishes up cleaning for the day. After almost 30 years of providing janitorial services, she's retiring.

Plaindealer photo by Erin McIntyre

By Erin McIntyre
erin@ouraynews.com

Most mornings, she’s the first one in the building, arriving before the sun comes up and starting work before the others filter in the door.
She tries to be in town hall by 6 a.m., long before the desktop computers fire up, before her coworkers settle into their desks.
“I don’t want to be in people’s way,” she explained.
Room by room, she cleans, making everything just so, wiping dust away before others have a chance to notice it.
She comes in on the weekends to shampoo carpets and strip and buff the floors.
All the workers know is, it’s clean. Jacquie Mace has come through again, like some sort of grime-fighting angel who mysteriously makes things nice and fresh.
More than anything, she likes caring for others, and the people who work at Ridgway Town Hall are her chosen family.
“I don’t think of it as a job because I’ve enjoyed it so much,” Mace said.

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