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Monkton aide wrapping up 39-year love affair with her job

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Posted on June 12, 2014 |
By Zach Despart



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MONKTON CENTRAL SCHOOL instructional aide Lillian Cota shows off the cake that was presented Tuesday in honor of her retirement after 39 years at the school. Independent photo/Trent Campbell

MONKTON — Lillian “Lil” Cota thought she was headed for a normal day at Monkton Central School on Tuesday. But the 39-year veteran instructional aide was in for quite the surprise when she arrived in the school’s gymnasium to a luncheon in her honor.

Relatives and colleagues of Cota, who is retiring at the end of this year, came to honor Cota for her service — and present her with an enormous strawberry cake.

After the celebration, the still-teary-eyed Cota sat down with the Independent to talk about her long career.

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