NARROWSBURG –The Upper Delaware Council (UDC) board elected Town of Highland, NY Representative Andrew Boyar as its 2014 chairperson at the non-profit organization’s annual meeting held Jan. 9 in Narrowsburg.
A swearing-in ceremony and reception will take place at the Feb. 6 UDC monthly meeting at 7 p.m., at which time Chairperson Boyar; Vice-Chairperson Patricia Jeffer of Shohola Township, PA; and Secretary-Treasurer Alan Henry of Berlin Township, PA, will take their oaths of office. All UDC meetings are open to the public.
“Andy” Boyar had the distinction of being appointed as the Town of Highland’s first UDC representative when the town joined the Council on March 15, 1990 under his leadership as town supervisor from 1981-1994, which included a tenure as Chairman of the Sullivan County Board of Supervisors in 1993 and 1994.
Boyar served as his town’s UDC alternate from 1991-1993 before resuming his representative seat on the UDC board in January 2010 to coincide with a second elected stint as Town of Highland supervisor which began that year.
In addition to his membership on the UDC’s Water Use/Resource Management Committee, Boyar served as vice-chair of the full Council in 2013.
Boyar earned a degree from Brooklyn Law School in 1969 and operates a law practice with a real estate emphasis based in Eldred. The 69-year-old is the father o
f three sons: Adam, Josh, and Matt; and currently has four grandchildren. In 2003, Andy and Matt Boyar were presented with a Robin M. Daniels Memorial Lifesaving Award at the UDC’s 15th Annual Awards Ceremony after the father and son rescued two 18-year-old men who nearly drowned on York Lake on July 13, 2002.
In addition to his Town of Highland and UDC responsibilities, Boyar serves as president of the Trout Unlimited Upper Delaware Chapter; vice-president and trustee for the Catskill Fly Fishing Center and Museum; and is a member of the Friends of the Upper Delaware River, the Federation of Fly Fishers, and Ducks Unlimited.
2014 Vice-chairperson Patricia Jeffer was appointed by the Shohola Township Board of Supervisors on Jan. 3, 2012 as UDC representative. The New Jersey native is a retired architectural apprentice, general contracting estimator, building inspector, zoning officer, and construction permitting coordinator. She and her husband Bob have two sons, one daughter, and three grandchildren in the family.
Jeffer is a member of the Shohola Area Lions Club and Grey Towers Horticultural Team who enjoys the natural surroundings of the dream home she helped design in 2000, landscaping, gardening, snowmobiling, water activities, and traveling.
Alan Henry was elected Jan. 9 as 2014 UDC Secretary-Treasurer to continue the role he assumed on August 1, 2013, filling an unexpected vacancy in that office. He also served as vice-chair of the Water Use/Resource Management Committee in 2013.
The Berlin Township Board of Supervisors appointed the Beach Lake, PA native as UDC representative on Jan. 3, 2012.
Henry was employed by the National Park Service for 32 years, retiring on June 1, 2009 as Chief Ranger of the Upper Delaware Scenic and Recreational River where h
e began working in the fall of 1979 shortly after the 1978 Congressional designation of the river corridor park unit.
Since retiring, Henry has helped out at his family’s 300-acre farm property, worked as a state constable, guest school teacher, security guard, and a guide for river and hiking trips. He and his wife, Karen Carlson, are the parents of a daughter and son.