Substation is dedicated to Wes Ryder, former supervisor

Staff Writer
The Chronicle Express
Wes Ryder’s son Don Covert and his wife, Judy Ryder, listen to comments made by Penn Yan Mayor Douglas Marchionda, Jr.

Several Penn Yan Village officials and workers gathered Monday, Aug. 25 with family and friends of the late Wes Ryder to formally dedicate and rename the St. John’s Substation as the Wesley G. Ryder Substation, located on the Sherman Street Extension.

Ed Balsley, Director of Public Works for the Village of Penn Yan spoke of Wes Ryder’s dedication to “doing things right.” He said the village has a top-notch electric distribution system because of Ryder’s efforts over the years.

“He would be so proud and honored,” said his wife, Judy, following the dedication. “He loved this village and he worked so hard. Anything he could do, he would do,” she added.

Mayor Douglas Marchionda Jr. and Trustee Willie Allison, chairman of the public works committee also spoke.

Wes Ryder’s wife, Judy, and his son, Don Covert, attended the ceremony, which was followed by a tour of the substation.

Ryder played a major role in managing the electric utility system for the Village of Penn Yan from 1975 to 1990. He began working for the village in 1952 and retired in 1990.

The bronze plaque on the newly-dedicated Wes Ryder Substation in Penn Yan.