Albert E. Martin, the longest-serving current member of the Lancaster Public Library board, has retired after 40 years of service.
Martin, 84, joined the board in 1972 and early on helped to plan for the move to the library’s current home at 5466 Broadway.
He served as president, vice president and secretary of the board more than once over the past four decades and also was an officer with the county-wide Association of Contract Library Trustees.
A retired Dresser Industries engineer, Martin also is active in the Lancaster Presbyterian Church.
Last year, he urged town officials to rededicate a 1912 plaque honoring Lancaster veterans of the Civil War that once stood outside the Lancaster Opera House, later was lost to history and recently turned up in the basement of the Lancaster Historical Society.
Martin’s retirement went into effect Jan. 1 and Linda VanNortwick was named to replace him on the six-member board.
“He has worked tirelessly to ensure that library patrons benefit from knowledgeable and committed staff, an exceptional collection of books and materials, and the most current services in technology and programming. His fellow board members will miss his representative voice, his progressive thinking, and his wisdom,” Trustee Suzanne Jacobs said in a statement on behalf of the board, which held a dinner late last week to honor Martin for his service.
Also this week:
•The Village Board meets at 7 p.m. Monday in the Municipal Building, 5423 Broadway.
•The School Board also meets at 7 p.m. Monday, in the board room of the former Central Avenue Elementary School, 149 Central Ave.