A COLUMN BY BOB BAIRD: Rockland “angel” Ruth Butler turns 100!

WELCOME BACK BOB BAIRD! We are pleased to introduce the newest contributor to the Rockland County Times, the great Bob Baird. Baird is a former long, longtime Journal News columnist and editor, dating back to the days when the newspaper was Rockland-based. His service included stints as managing editor, executive editor and local columnist. He announced his retirement in 2012, and after letting his pen get dry for two years, Baird is ready to get back into the writing habit. Bob has been deeply involved in the Rockland community, sitting on numerous boards. In 1993 he was among a group of volunteers who organized Challenger Little League in Rockland County. In 2002 he founded Touching Bases, a league for adults with disabilities, which now has about 230 players annually. He has also helped organize Touching Bases programs in Buffalo, NY, and Richmond, VA. Among other things, over the course of his career, Baird has specialized in honoring Rockland’s centenarians. This week’s column is Baird’s 98th such profile piece on a centenarian. Welcome back to the fold-ed pages, Bob!

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