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BURNT HILLS: Former Charlton council member dies

Charlton Supervisor Alan Grattidge credits Damasita with stirring up early interest in preserving the small-town flavor of Charlton.

"At the time of her council service, the board was wrestling with ordinances and zoning to keep things appropriate with the sizes of our lots," said Grattidge. "There was a focus on keeping things rural and agricultural. The town was developing quickly, and we were the first town in the area to start looking at zoning in the 1980s. We headed off problems before they had a chance to start."

Along with her husband, Damasita is survived by daughters, Kathleen Hole of Portsmouth, R.I.; Damasita Sanchez of Niskayuna; brothers, Clare F. Beames III of Schenectady; Tom Beames of Virginia; and William Beames of Florida; as well as 10 grand-children. Damasita was pre-deceased by her first husband, Timothy Allen, and her daughter, Cynthia Allen, in 1959.

Verola said Damasita's spirit will be long remembered in Charlton.

"She continued to always be active, she came to board meetings and was totally devoted to the town," said Verola. "If you ever needed anything, she was the one to call. This is the whole town's loss." ""

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