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Pat Maroney, whose pledged gifts led to the Maroney Center (pictured above) being named in his honor, talks about the closure of the center recently at his Main Street bar in Howard. (Photos by Chris Huber/Republic)

Empty feeling: Howard center marks effort to revitalize

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HOWARD -- In the mid-1990s, the small town of Howard was in big trouble.

"We were dying," said Pat Maroney, a Howard native, resident and business owner. "All you had to do was stick up a tombstone and it would have been over."

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