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Sag Harbor Windmill To Be Named In Memory Of Former Mayor

Publication: The Southampton Press
By Colleen Reynolds   Apr 13, 2012 10:37 AM
Apr 18, 2012 10:55 AM

The windmill that sits near the Long Wharf in Sag Harbor—one of the village’s biggest icons—is on its way to being named in memory of its designer and builder, former Mayor John A. Ward.

The Sag Harbor Village Board on April 10 voted to name the structure after Mr. Ward to honor him posthumously for his contributions and service to Sag Harbor. Mr. Ward, who died on March 15 at age 90, is credited with starting up Sag Harbor’s tourism industry as mayor in the early 1970s. Somewhat of a village icon himself, he served as chief of the Sag Harbor Fire Department and was also a village trustee, mechanic, boater, contractor and restaurateur.

“We’ll probably do something that will definitely honor former Mayor John Ward, probably with a small plaque similar to the plaque that’s on there now for John Steinbeck,” current Mayor Brian Gilbride said of the bronze plaque honoring the renowned author, a friend of Mr. Ward.

Action will likely be taken either when the windmill is restored—the Sag Harbor Chamber of Commerce is in the process of raising between $50,000 and $70,000 for repairs—or when the village formally receives the small piece of property that the windmill sits on from Suffolk County, a transfer the County Legislature approved last month.

The windmill is not an actual former working windmill.

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