Sunday, July 22, 2012

The site of the former Jolly John's Fish Fry was the site of a gala opening Saturday as Congressman Bill Owens opened the new Glens Falls Democratic Headquarters.  A large crowd of about 75 people came downtown across from the Ridge Street Firehouse to hear Glens Falls Mayor Jack Diamond introduce Rep. Owens, who then spoke, answered questions and met area residents.

Owens is running for his third term in office, but is new to the Glens Falls area, which is now part of the new 21st Congressional District created after the last census.

Owens also thanked and greeted Mary Kemnitzer, who with her husband John "Jolly" Kemnitzer operated Jolly John's Fish Fry on the site for over forty years.  John Kemnitzer was a much beloved figure in Glens Falls and Warren County politics for several decades, as a Democratic Committeeman, Glens Falls Fifth Ward City Councilman, and member of numerous city boards.  From behind the counter at the Fish Fry Jolly John often talked politics for hours with visitors, and acted as an adviser and mentor to several generations of Glens Falls Democrats.   

The large crowd demonstrated that Democrats across the Warren, Washington and Saratoga Tri-County Area are on the rise!

Photo Credits:  top two, Dick Dudley, bottom, Owens campaign.

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