Wednesday, November 25, 2020

Clyde SPAN Newsletter

 Happy Holidays to You who like Clyde News.

This month’s Clyde SPAN report will provide you with some news about activities that happened in October that had not yet happened when this newsletter went out last month. It will be followed with the plans for November and early December. I won’t be writing a December report. The January newsletter will be an invitation to join or re-join SPAN. We hope our year-end events will show you that we are an active part of the Clyde/Galen scene.

On October 24th, there was great collaboration involving Clyde SPAN, SOAR, groups at Clyde-Savannah Central, and Advanced Atomization Technologies (the General Electric and Parker-Hannifin joint effort). The day started with tours of the Maple Grove Cemetery, established in 1859. It is the burial place of many of Galen’s early leaders, including Major Frederick DeZeng, New York State Lt. Gov. Charles Saxton, and a lesser known but intriguing individual named William Ellis, who died on an expedition to reach the North Pole.

Preparation for the great number of activities that followed at Lauraville Landing began on the previous Wednesday when 300 pumpkins were distributed, free of charge, thanks to AA Tech (our shortened form for Advanced Automization Technologies). Up to 100 of the pumpkins were decorated and returned on Saturday for the Eerie on the Erie activities. Each of the returned pumpkins made their owners eligible for prizes. The prizes include two bicycles and two gift cards thanks to donations from 21st Century Afterschool program, two gift cards from SOAR and membership at Clyde’s new game room on Columbia Street called Undercroft.

One of the most popular activities was the Trunk or Treat give-away which several community donors helped satisfy the sweet tooth of the many youngsters who arrived by mid-afternoon. There was also a painted rock scavenger hunt (rocks painted and donated by Steve Moore of Eye on Art and Music,)  that proved to be very popular and resulted in prizes provided by SPAN and AA Tech. The rocks had been hidden earlier thanks to the efforts of the Middle School National Honor Society. One more tasty  treat was the give-away of cider and packaged donuts, again courtesy of the afterschool program. At the close of the day, from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m., was the “Terror Field Trail.” Participants needed to be at least 13 years of age or accompanied by an adult. With the help of another Columbia Street enterprise, Terror Field, youths could walk the trail east from the Landing, following lit pumpkins while being alert to experiences emerging from borders of the trail. Needless to say, a good time was had by all.

Now moving into November, the 20th day of the month saw a wonderful volunteer effort by Eric and Jennifer Peeso, who drove their full-size pick-up truck to both the Newark and Geneva Tractor Supply to take advantage of a special sale on kayaks. A total of three were purchased, thanks to generous donations, that were placed, along with another kayak recently purchased, in the shed at Lauraville. That means that all of the four stolen kayaks have been replaced. Again, thank you to all involved.

Now, if you think the pandemic is going to make Clyde and Savannah “close shop” during the coming season, then you would be wrong. The HHH will again be happening in Clyde. HHH stands for Hometown Holiday Happenings. It can happen because it does not necessitate people standing close to each other. The details of the HHH can be found online on Facebook at SOAR Clyde Savannah Galen Here are some of the details.

Starting on November 23, people can pick up “Self-Care” bingo cards which are turned in by December 7th.

More decorated rocks (happy snow rocks,) will be available for discovery that can lead to a prize from a local business.

Saturday, November 28, is a big day in Clyde that includes identifying inspirational messages in store windows and eligibility for a prize. This is also Small Business Saturday. On your trip around town, vote for your favorite store decoration, stop in to see a student art display at 79 Glasgow Street, and up the street enjoy children’s activities at the Kee Kee Run Cafe.

Then at 5:30 at the Clyde bus garage you can line up for the HHH parade that is due to start at 6 p.m. and will include Santa and Mrs. Claus and the Savannah Cellarsavers. And look for the tree lighting in the park. Then at near 7 p.m. there will be fireworks.

And here are some December events. December 4 is the last day to give toys for 0-12 year olds to the Clyde Police Department. Referrals for recipients in the C-S school district can be made up to that day. On that day and on December 5 there will be a rummage sale at the South Butler Methodist Church. (The Savannah Family of God Church had a Christmas Bazaar on November 20-21.)

December 5 will see a “drive-up” to see Santa at the Veteran’s Park in Savannah. And from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. there will be the annual cookie walk at the Clyde United Methodist Church. A week later, on December 12, the same church will host a Lunch and Holiday Sale from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m

While driving around Clyde and Savannah in December, look for a new decoration. There will be dozens of decorated snowmen to see, thanks to many participants. Don’t worry: the snowmen won’t be made of snow.

This is all for now. Don’t forget to like and follow us on Facebook at Clyde SPAN to get more details of a busy, yet distanced, November and December. Enjoy the season, thanks to the reason for the season.

Hugh Miner

Friday, November 20, 2020

Clyde SPAN Minutes 11-03-2020

The minutes of the November 3, 2020, SPAN meeting held via Zoom at 6:30 p.m.

Present: Kelly Furman; Amy Bullard; Amber Clingerman; Sandi Bastedo; Jennifer Peeso; Marsala Cinquegrana; Mayor Jerry Fremouw; Rose Jeanne Strakal; Linda Bell; David Hickey

1 Discussion of upcoming parade on Novenber 28th at 6:00 o’clock and fireworks.

2 Discussed cutting snowmen out of plywood and decorating park and village areas. Not sure of school involvement due to covid.

3 Hugh not present, but email request to purchase 3 kayaks. Rose Jeanne Strakal moved and Jennifer Peeso seconded “ have Hugh buy 3 kayaks’.

4 Amber reported an ending balance of $11,202.47. All caught up with Cornell.

5 Rose Jeanne reported a current membership of 87. She is updating our membership and emailing lists to better communicate with various groups.

6 Kelly Furman moved “…to but 10 sheets of plywood for cutting out snowmen,’ seconded by Rose Jeanne Strakal.

7 Ideas: to decorate downtown windows contest, voted on with prizes. Music in the park before the marches. Linda Bell will start contacting businesses.

8 A planning Zoom meeting will be held to settle the arrangements for the event.

9 The next regular SPAN meeting will be on December 1st at 6:30 via Zoom.

Respectfully submitted,

David Hickey

Tuesday, October 27, 2020

Clyde SPAN Minutes 10-06-2020

 The minutes of the October 6, 2020, meeting of SPAN held at the Galen Historical Society Brick Church at 6:30 p.m.

Present: Hugh Miner; Kelly Furman; Sandi Bastedo; Rose Jeanne Strakal; Nicole Malbone; David Hickey; Amber Clingerman (via Zoom); Jennifer Peeso; Michelle Mouio; and Amy Bullard.

1. Kelly Furman called the meeting to order at 6:35.

2. Treasurer’s report. Amber reported an ending balance of $12361.27.

3. Membership: Rose Jeanne reported a total of 88 members.

4. Kiosks: Hugh had nothing to report at this time. He’s meeting with Tom Sawtelle this week.

5. Discussion about Oct 24 event at Lauraville: The trail is for the adults. A list of rules will be distributed. Beth Claypool of the Department of health has been notified. We will follow the cleaning, masking and distancing protocols. Parking areas and signage will be added. The Village will be added on the flier as cosponsor. Disclaimer : ”proceed at your own risk” will be added. Should we add a car show? Should we place an ad in the paper? No, it might draw too many people. We will have one entrance to aid in any contact tracing. Hugh will add a press release about the cemetery walk.

6. On Tuesday, a planning session is set for 5:15 at the Advanced Atomization Technologies Plant for the Oct. 26 event.

7. Amy said a musician is available for the Pavilion on the 26th.

8. Re: kayaks: we are still searching for the best deals. Hugh will check Dick’s Sporting in Henrietta, NY

9. Discussion: Who has what role to play in the planning? Suggest a pre-planning email list. Should we clean up our email list to restrict to members only?

10. Next meeting: Location to be determined. Masks required, 6 foot distances to be maintained.

11. Hugh Miner moved that we adjourn at 7:53.

Respectfully submitted,

David Hickey

Tuesday, October 20, 2020

October greetings to you Clyde/Galen supporters - from ClydeSPAN

This mid-month newsletter will tell you about our plans for a very public activity on Saturday, October 24, 2020. That is one week before Halloween which is the main reason why we are calling it “Eerie on the Erie.”

Actually the event starts on Wednesday, October 21, at Lauraville Landing between 3:30 and 5:30 p.m. when 200 pumpkins will be handed out to youth and adults who want to take a pumpkin home to carve and return on Saturday morning between 9:00 and 10:00 a.m. There are two rewards for carving a pumpkin. One is the chance to win a raffle (a free ticket being handed out on Saturday morning). The other is the opportunity to take the pumpkin home in the evening after it is used to light the way for those who walk a shortened trail east of Lauraville Landing. Both adults and youth can participate.

The first event of “Eerie on the Erie” will be the opportunity to take a tour of the Maple Grove Cemetery either at 10 a.m. or 1 p.m. This is a non-scary event but very informative as many of Clyde’s historical people are buried there. People should park at the entrance of the Cemetery. To get to the cemetery, take the eastward street (Redfield) that is just south of the Route 414 bridge over the Canal.  Bend around the hill for less than a mile and the cemetery will be in view. People will socially distant. Masks will be provided for those who need one. The tour leaders will be Hugh Miner and Nicole Malbone.

The events of the afternoon at Lauraville Landing will begin at 3 p.m. That is when people can go to a registration table and sign in. That is when one of the bands will be playing. That is also when people can check out art and craft vendors. That will be available between 3 and 6 p.m.

From 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. will be the time that younger children with their adults can take a shortened trail walk that will include a story being told as they walk along. The walks will continue over a period of time so that unrelated people can be socially distanced.

At 5 p.m. the second of the two bands who are coming will start its performance. The bands will be located under the pavilion. Those needing a place to sit and be covered will be able to take advantage of the public school’s loan of some tents.  Please bring your own lawn chairs and/or blankets.

From 6:30 to 8:30 the eerie walk on the trail will be held for the older attendees.

At 7 p.m. two activities will be going on. One, for the younger children, there will be at story-telling site. For those who are older, a great “B” movie will be shown. The added incentive for staying for these events will be the free cider and donuts.

In case there are updates to this information that I have given, check out the Facebook pages for ClydeSPAN or the Clyde-Savannah Central School.  And we give a thank you to the Village of Clyde for its guidance.

Thanks for “listening.”


Monday, September 21, 2020

September Clyde SPAN newsletter

Subject: September Clyde SPAN newsletter

Happy September to all you Clydites near and far.

SPAN might have thought this would be a slow month with school opening, but it was far from that.  After a September 1st meeting, at which some SOAR awards were given out, Mary Katherine Lauster brought us up to date on the availability of the equipment to make fried dough that was being offered to us by the Firemen's Ladies Auxiliary.  It was after that meeting that the "SPAN machine" went into motion.

Thanks to the great kindness of Wayne Rice and the Grange, a dozen of us gathered at the Pierce storage sheds east of the village on Tuesday, September 8, and moved the equipment (trays, fryer, popcorn machine) to the Grange, with visions of us learning how to make fried dough next year.  Again, many thanks to Wayne Rice, who also offered his truck and his muscles in the moving process.

The day was not over as that evening SPAN member Ray Merritt offered his van to pick up our first replacement kayak from a man living south of Montezuma.  The kayak was noticed by Ray and Ginny as they returned from the church that Ray pastors in Auburn.  Treasurer Amber Clingerman got $200 into Hugh's hands and we were able to pay cash to the gentleman, who said he was getting out the kayak activity because he wanted to buy a sailboat.  That works for us.  This particular kayak is made by SunDolphin, the same company that made the kayaks that came up missing.

As described in the August newsletter, Saturday, September 12 was the day of the Revolutionary War encampment at the Blockhouse. It was sponsored by the Village of Clyde and directed by code enforcement officer Tom Sawtelle. The group, named the 64th Regiment, began setting up their tents on Friday night. Their camp fires were already burning when visitors started arriving a 10 a.m. SPAN was privileged to play a supporting role by selling water and snacks at 50 cents per item. It was meant to be more a service than a money maker. My favorite moment was the firing from the smallest grenade launcher that I ever expected to see. The grenade, by the way, was an orange. Another highlight, while many of us took turns sitting at the SPAN table, was meeting the Mortensen family, who are new in town. And the full sized chicken roasting over an open fire all day sure looked delicious.

Our next activity is scheduled for Tuesday, September 22 at 5:30 at the Lauraville Landing (if it is warm enough) when anyone interested can come for pizza and a discussion of activities that can take place at the “Eerie on the Erie” event on October 24th at Lauraville Landing. That is also the day that I will be conducting a history-based tour of Maple Grove Cemetery. That will not be eerie. More on that in the October newsletter.

All for now,

Hugh Miner

Clyde SPAN Minutes 09-01-2020

 Clyde SPAN minutes for September 1st, 2020, held at 6:30 p.m. in the Clyde Village Park.

Present: Rose Jeanne Strakal; Mary K Lauster; Sandi Bastedo; Amber Clingerman; David Hickey; Hugh Miner; Amy Bullard; Jerry Fremouw; Rollo Kanaley; Michael Nicoletta; Ginny Merritt; Kelly Furman

Prior to the meeting, awards were presented for a Community Scavenger Hunt, detailed below from an article printed in the Finger Lakes Times.


SOAR and Clyde-Savannah 21st Century Community Schools educators decided to work together to create a family fun event in order to help “introduce” residents to their community. The Community Scavenger Hunt started on August 15. Those interested had two weeks to go to

specific stops throughout Clyde/Galen and Savannah answering a total of twenty different questions. Questions ranged from: 

“Find the ‘Bike Fix-it Station”, 

name the locations of two Bright Red Bookshelves, 

how many campsites are there at Clyde’s Lauraville Loop Campsites?, 

find the mural of president–elect Lincoln addressing the crowd, 

what kind of outdoor activities could one do at the Montezuma Audubon Center?, 

where is the future home of the Savannah Erie Canalway Trail & Visitor Center?, 

what does the memorial stone at the Memorial Park on N. Main Street say?”

Sixteen people from both Clyde and Savannah participated in the Community Scavenger Hunt and on September 1st drawings at the Clyde SPAN meeting determined the following winners in three age categories.

Adults: Laura Waldron won a $25 gift card to Kee Kee Run Café!

Teens: Emmett Waldron, Mercedes Waldron, Neil Waldron, Camden Chance, Isaac Marchitell, and Jessica Sullivan won $50 gift cards to Walmart!

Youth: Ayden Tokarz, Alijah Tokarz, Eli Romano, Emma Romano, Francis Grahm, and Payton Lundy won bicycles!

During a time when so many activities have been canceled, it was wonderful to offer a safe, positive, and interactive activity for all ages. Families and individual shared feedback that they had fun and that they learned a lot of new information about Clyde & Savannah which they weren’t aware of.

SOAR is an asset based community development grant which follows the commission of the Robert Wood Foundation which states that “good health begins in the places where we live, learn, work, and play. “ Our hope is that as people are introduced to their community’s assets, that they will take ownership and feel positive about living there.


1 Kelly Furman opened the SPAN meeting at 6:52.

2 Hugh Miner moved to accept the minutes of the August meeting, seconded by Sandi Bastedo. Motion passed.

3 Treasurer Amber Clingerman reported an ending balance of $10, 908.10.

4 Membership chairman Rose Jeanne Strakal reported a current membership of 84, with 2 new members in August. 157 letters were sent out.

5 In SOAR news, there will be a luncheon on Sept. 29

6 On Sept. 12, the British Encampment will take place at the Blockhouse. SPAN will sell water and snacks at the event. Sandi Bastedo moved “…that SPAN will reimburse Hugh for the cost of providing water and chips”, seconded by Kelly Furman. Motion passed.

7 Regarding Kayaks, Hugh Miner said we should be comparing prices of available replacement kayaks. Padlocks had been ordered with 2 keys. A trail camera was installed in the kayak shack. A discussion followed about how to manage the rentals. The kayaks should have ID’s.

8 Regarding the kiosks, Hugh said new plexiglass (3) would cast about $100. We would consult with Tom Sawtelle about the history panels. Other panes would have to be redesigned. Some businesses still need to be consulted.

9 The Cemetery Walk is scheduled for October 24th. Other activities are planned on that day in Lauraville Landing at 10:00 and 12 noon. A committee was formed to coordinate that day’s activities: Mary K Lauster; Amber Clingerman; Sandi Bastedo; Rose Jeanne Strakal; Kelly Furman; Amy Bullard. The meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, Sept. 22 at 5:30 in Lauraville Park. Sandi Bastedo moved “…that we have pizza for the meeting’, seconded by Amber Clingerman. Motion passed. Amber will call Gary Larazna to participate and Sandi will check with the Canal Corp.

10 A discussion followed about the contents of the storage shed that SPAN has acquired. Several choices were mentioned: The Grange; the Methodist Church; the Mill Museum. Items need to be moved by 2 weeks. Mary k will start making room in her basement if that space is needed.

The meeting adjourned at 8:11 p.m.

Respectfully submitted,


David Hickey

Thursday, September 3, 2020

Clyde SPAN Minutes 08-04-2020

The minutes of the SPAN meeting held at Lauraville Landing on August 4, 2020, at 6:30 p.m.

Present: Kelly Furman; Amy Bullard; Mary K Lauster; Amber Clingerman; Rose Jeanne Strakal; Hugh Miner; David Hickey; Sandi Bastedo

1 Kelly called the meeting to order at 6:40

2 Hugh miner moved and Mary k Lauster seconded to accept the July 2020 minutes. Motion passed.

3 Treasurer Amber Clingerman reported a balance of $9,082.76. She listed several donations for kiosks and one as a memoriam for Tom Castellano. Hugh had news that Jeff Shields installed a camera. Other suggestion were to have frosted windows, to have an ID on the kayaks and a tracker. We plan to buy four new kayaks. Discussion about how to rent, reservations, waivers, etc. Perhaps a way to swipe a credit card.

4 Mary k Lauster asked if we could have kids help sweep the trail. A discussion about signage followed.

5 Kiosks: The Chamber of Commerce had donated some $700. Toward making and maintaining them. Hugh is attempting to have several local businesses contribute to their upgrade. Jeff Rice has said his daughter would like to help.

6 End of year activity: Hugh asked what could we do as an end of year activity. Several replies were offered: cider & donuts in the park; chicken barbecue; cemetery walk; ice cream truck. The Cellar Savers will have a concert on August 12. An encampment is scheduled for September 12. Also there is a car show.

7 Sandi announced that the National Honor Society at school will take over the Little Red Book Shelves. A discussion followed about how to celebrate Tom Castellano’s legacy. Sandi Bastedo moved that…”we place a plaque on each Little Red Bookshelf, in honor of Tom Castellano.” Motion passed.

8 Sandi wondered if shop class could build the bird houses that we contemplated placing along the trail.

9 Hugh set the date for the cemetery walk. Another activity was to place pumpkins along the trail at night.

10 Rose Jeanne Strakal reported a membership of 82 ans 2 businesses.

Meeting adjourned.

Respectfully submitted,

David Hickey