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McKay Hosts Open House

Supervisor Jeff McKay chats with constituent Sam McCutchen of the Greater Wilton Woods Civic Association during the Lee District Open House.

Supervisor Jeff McKay chats with constituent Sam McCutchen of the Greater Wilton Woods Civic Association during the Lee District Open House. Photo by Linda Joyce Waller

Supervisor Jeff McKay and his Lee District staff hosted about 200 people at the annual open house on Saturday, Jan. 21 at the Franconia Government Center.

"I always look forward to this open house," McKay said. "It’s a great opportunity to talk to Lee District folks and hear what’s on their mind."

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State Sen. George Barker (D-39) talks with Susie Warner and Helen Michie at the Lee District Open House.

McKay said he thought Saturday’s icy conditions might keep people away, but the Helen Wilson Community Room was consistently packed during the two-hour event. "We’ve got a lot of talent in Lee. Every year the Springfield Art Guild mounts a show, and the students from the Edison High School Culinary Academy provide the refreshments."

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The newest member of the McKay family made an appearance at the Lee District Open House. Aiden McKay was born shortly before Christmas, and weighed in at nearly 12 pounds. Mom Crystal Mckay is holding him.

Students created an assortment of pastries and cookies, including chocolate chip cookies, lemon bars, raspberry jam bars, and brownies.

The Franconia Museum, across the hall from the government center, also opened its doors for visitors.

"People seemed happy, and in a festive mood," said Linda Joyce Waller, McKay’s director of communications. "There was lots of talk about the weather and the ice that we pretty much dodged."

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Captain Shawn Bennett of the Franconia Police Station (background) and Roberta, Jeff McKay and granddaughter Leeann McKay at the Lee District Open House.