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For one Watertown woman, community clearly came first. And after 31 years of service to that community, she has been recognized for all of her hard work. Our Amanda Kelley has more on this woman's journey.

WATERTOWN, N.Y. -- Mary Parry never worked a day in her life for anything other than to help others. Monday, the Watertown Chamber of Commerce thanked her for years of service.

Watertown Chamber of Commerce President and CEO Peter Whitmore said, "She certainly is an icon in the North Country and has a history of being committed and supporting the chamber."

Perry served 31 years with the chamber. Her biggest accomplishments include Snowtown, working with the Community College and Fort Drum.

Parry said, "We started Snowtown and then we started business after hours, then we started the college thing for members and it grew into a labor of love. You can't leave it when you love it."

Whitmore said, "Singlehandedly, her connection and her understanding of Fort Drum and the military community and her ability to bring that into the civilian community prior to having, certainly we have many agencies that do that now, but we're talking in the time when Fort Drum was really new and hadn't hit its stride yet. I think she had the vision to see the importance of that relationship."

The conference room in Watertown's Chamber of Commerce now is dedicated in Parry's honor. Just a small way the community is thanking a woman who did big things for their area.

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