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Local man nears five decades of service to Salvation Army

Richard Farrelly has rung the Salvation Army bell in Auburn for 47 years, and he has no intention of stopping after this year’s holiday season is over.

Farrelly is a familiar presence outside locations like Fingerlakes Mall, as well as the Auburn Tops and Walmart, this time of year. About five days a week, he sits outside the stores and rings a bell for one to two hours, encouraging people to donate to the Salvation Army’s signature red kettle.

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