Biography of Roy E. Reehil

   Roy traveled an unusual path to become an author and publisher. From 1978 to 1987 he was a professional musician and worked part-time in the printing industry. That gave him the opportunity to try his hand at graphic design, creating posters and record jackets for his bands.
   In 1987 he began producing artwork on computers in the "pre-Windows" era and by 1990 he was working as a freelance computer consultant, applications trainer and graphic designer.
   Roy moved to the Constantia in 1988 and in 1989 purchased a home in Cleveland with his wife Patricia where they still reside.
   In February of 1995 Roy was drafted by friends to consider serving as the Mayor after the sitting mayor resigned due to an illness. Thinking that he could help the village by serving the five months remaining in the term and then return to “civilian life,” he accepted. Instead of five months Roy served for seven years. In 2002 Roy "term-limited" himself by not running again. When he left office, taxes and sewer rates were lower than they had been in 1995 and the village was on a strong financial footing.
   In 1997, Roy became a partner in a startup company called DSS Environmental, Inc., to help market their newly patented water purification technology. By the end of the year he had been promoted to president of the company, a position he held until the company was sold to international water and energy conglomerate Covanta Energy in 1999.
   After the sale of DSS Environmental, Roy took the job he says he loved the most, stay-at-home dad for his toddler son Ethan. He also began designing internet web sites and teaching HTML programming on the side.
   In 2003, when Ethan began full-time kindergarten, Roy started a publishing company, The Forager Press, LLC. That September the company published its first book, Black Mold - Your Health and Your Home by Richard Progovitz. Their second publication, Adirondack Characters and Campfire Yarns, by William J. O’Hern, was published in 2005 and is now in its 7th printing. After working with O’Hern for four years as co-author of Under An Adirondack Influence, The Life of A. L. Byron-Curtiss, that book was published in June of 2008
   Roy's first book as lead author is Adirondack Adventures: Bob Gillespie and Harvey Dunham on French Louie's Trail published in August of 2012. He frequently lectures and does multi-media presentations about the Adirondacks, Adirondack Hermits and his books.
   Roy's interest in the Adirondacks and their rich history led him join the Central Adirondack Search and Rescue Team (CASART) in 2004. As a member of that team he became a DEC certified Wilderness First Responder and Crew Boss and has served as Team President since 2010.
   In 2013 Roy was elected to the Oswego County Legislature to represent the Town of Constantia. Now in his second term he serves as Majority Whip, Chair of the Economic Development and Planning Committee and is doing what he calls the most important work of his life as Chair of the Oswego County Community Health and Poverty Reduction Task Force in partnership with the Legislature and all the school districts in the County.

"When I do good I feel good; when I do bad, I feel bad. That’s my religion."
- Abraham Lincoln