Monday, June 15, 2020

SPAN Newsletter No. 1 - Alive and Kicking

Greetings to all you Clyde/Galen Partners!

At SPAN’s June 2nd monthly meeting, we decided that a monthly newsletter to the supporters of this community was in order. In a time of pandemic when so many events have to be canceled, it would be easy to back off from efforts to encourage the health and happiness of our community, but that is not the case here. We are alive and kicking. Here is a summary along with some background of the discussion at our recent meeting.

Please let us know if you know someone who would like to read the newsletter but is not on our current list of email addresses. Someone who is more computer literate than this author (Hugh Miner), there may be a push to put this on an additional platform (Facebook?) In any case, let me know any opinions you may have, as well as email addresses that you would like to offer. My email is –

The fact that we were able to pull off a Zoom meeting earlier this month was an accomplishment. Those in attendance included some who are younger than 50 years of age ! One of those people is our new co-chair person, Kelly Furman. Kelly is a mother and an employee at the Clyde-Savannah bus garage. She is a busy lady who is often able to share images of her children who are bouncing around her while she is engaged in the meeting. We love it.

While we have had to cancel a July community-wide picnic which was at the Blockhouse last year, we are hoping that some autumn events can happen. On the docket we hope to support our local code enforcement officer, Tom Sawtelle, who is looking for a Revolutionary War era encampment at the Blockhouse in September. And I look forward to conducting a cemetery walk at the Maple Grove Cemetery in either October or November.

In the past month SPAN was able to donate a $300 scholarship through Dollars for Scholars. Last year that fund was also able to distribute $500 scholarships to 12 members of the senior class.

We are grateful for the work of Mark DeVito, who has created at fishing site at the Lauraville camping area (across the Canal from the former Parker-Hannifin plant – now Advanced Atomization Technology). Thanks to the June meeting, SPAN will join with the Village of Clyde and add a fire ring to the site. And Sandi Bastedo is ready to contribute a bench there.

SPAN is also ready to embark on a long overdue update of the three kiosks in the village. There are three of the three-sided information signboards in the village and they have outdated items on them. We will bring you up-to-date on that effort next month.

Also, in future issues, we will bring you information from SOAR, the active Clyde and Savannah group which is sponsored by SPAN and the Savannah Chamber of Commerce.

Finally, in this issue, we are happy to report that SPAN has 70 members this year. If you would like to join, the cost is $10 (check made out to Clyde SPAN) and mail it to Clyde SPAN, P.O. Box 14, Clyde, NY 14433. ………………….. “See” you next month.

- Hugh Miner