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RUMFORD -- Over the past eight years, Beverly Crosby has quietly stayed in the background while handling the networking, referring and caring for the needs of the tenants of the River Valley Technology Center, among many other duties.
However, her role has come to an end due to tough economic times in which the River Valley Growth Council just couldn't afford to fund her position. Crosby's last day is Friday.
Last week, Crosby's efforts were recognized in a pair of appreciation presentations, one by SCORE (Service Core of Retired Executives) and a second by the RVGC.
Before the regular meeting of SCORE, Chapter Chair George Kimball presented Crosby with a certificate of appreciation, gift certificates and a card before the group shared cake and ice cream.
He noted that Crosby's work was instrumental to SCORE. "Two-thirds of the clients thrown our way have been through the Growth Council and Bev."
Kimball said they will now be depending more on the CareerCenter for those referred clients.
Crosby, who noted she has only held two jobs since age 18, said her confidence has grown since starting as a secretary for the Growth Council to gaining more and more responsibilities to her present undefined position, which was essentially duties of an administrative assistant.
"I enjoyed by time here because I'm a people person," she noted.
With the talent developed through networking and the contacts she has accrued, Crosby believes her prospects are good for securing another fulfilling position in the future.
For the present time, however, she said she wants to take some time off to spend with her children.
RVTC Director Dick Lovejoy said that initially, Jim Rinaldo, who has been volunteering efforts to bring business to Rumford, will spend about 10 hours a week carrying on some of Crosby's duties at the tech center.