Perhaps you have noticed the new stone memorial and dedication plaque on the south side of Main Street in front of CVS Pharmacy, and wondered who Mildred Berke was. She was a quiet force behind our new Price Chopper market.
Set the clock back to 2009 when the “quarry project” would have placed a Price Chopper-anchored commercial mall east of Little Falls. Many viewed this as a threat to our center-city commercial district.
In May 2010, Main Street First sponsored a “community envisioning” workshop. The owners of Shoppers Square, Jules and Mildred Berke, were invited; they were impressed, convinced that Little Falls was worthy of increased investment. A transformed Shoppers Square and new Price Chopper followed.
As you read the plaque, remember Mildred as “a proud supporter and friend of the people of Little Falls.” We are grateful to her.