Tuesday, November 2, 2021

Clyde SPAN Minutes 10-05-2021

 The minutes of the October 5, 2021 meeting of SPAN held at the SPAN office at 6:30 p.m.

Present: Kelly Furman; Amber Clingerman; Rose Jeanne Strakal; Sandi Bastedo; Hugh miner; Lida

Bell; Amanda Lesterhuis; Amy Bullard; Jennifer Peeso, and Nicole Malbone on Zoom.

1 Kelly Furman called the meeting to order at 6:31p.m.

2 Treasurer Amber Clingerman reported a closing balance of $8,298.68.

3 Rose Jeanne Strakal reporter a membership of 107 members.

3 SOAR activities:

British Encampment – October 9 from 10 to 5. SPAN will furnish water and chips.

E-waste at the Ford garage on October 9,2021.

Tour of Community Garden, walk the trails at Lauraville Landing on October 21, 2021 from 4-6

Amanda Lesterhuis, the school health coordinator will run a program, “ Lifting the School

Community”- see hand out. from Oct 25 and for 7 weeks ending in December.

Discussion: about Halloween in the Park.

4 Jobs, wellness, volunteers- Wayne-Cap.org.

5 Discussion SPAN Night at Undercroft. November 10th 6-9p.m. Sandi Bastedo moved”...that SPAN

support Undercroft for three hours @ $105.” motion carried.

6 New Business: Discussion of the use of property permissions and communication with responsible parties. Add Ann Fenton and Lancaster to our email lists.

7 Home decorations for the holidays. Sandi Bastedo moved and hugh Miner seconded “..SPAN support a Holiday Decorating contest, one for business and one for home , decision for judging on December

17th with a $50. prize for the winner in each category.” Motion passed.

Next meeting – November 2, 2021.

Respectfully submitted,


David Hickey

Thursday, July 8, 2021

Clyde SPAN Minutes 07-06-2021

 The minutes of the July 6, 2021 meeting of SPAN held at the SPAN office on Glasgow Street at 6:30 p.m.

Present: Kelly Furman; Amy Bullard; Hugh Miner; Nicole Malbone; Joe Salerno; Amber Clingerman; Mark DeVito; David Hickey; Jennifer Peeso; Sandi Bastedo; Lisa Mortensen; and Linda Bell on Zoom.

1. Kelly Furman called the meeting to order at 6:41

2. Hugh Miner moved to accept the June minutes, seconded by Nicole. Motion passed.

3. Amber reported an ending balance of $9122.66. There is an uncashed check outstanding.

4. Membership: No report.

5. SOAR activities: Amy reports:

There is a Chamber of Commerce picnic scheduled for July 11,2021 at 1 pm at the Savannah Community Field. A free meal is provided. 

Festival Week activities:
Aug 10: travel the towpath at Lauraville Landing @6pm
Aug 11: Ziti dinner, eat in or take out; CFD 4:30 -7pm; Clyde Cellar Savers @ Lauraville – 6:30
Aug 12: Kayak on the canal 6-7:30pm; campfire at Lauraville loop campsite.
Aug 14: “Memories of Clyde” -Lauraville -12 to 5
                Clyde Car Show 10am – 2pm
                Opening remarks & salutation Park, Mayor 12:15
                Famous Moments in Clyde – Mr Miner 12:30
                History of Fireworks-Mr O’Herren – 1:15
                Celebrate Clyde Sports 3:15
                Clyde Saxton Band 4:00
                Firemen’s Parade 7:00
                Nate Michael’s – CFD – 8pm
Aug 15:   Mass Feast of the Assumption, St. John’s Church 10:30 am
                CFD Chicken BBQ 11am until sold out.
                Heritage Park Flag Pole Dedication – 4pm
                Swagger Band CFD 7pm
                Fireworks 9pm

Community Picnic and SOAR Celebration, July 26,2021, held at Lauraville Landing
               organization set up – 5pm
               Galen Historical Society Quarterly Meeting – 5:30
               Community Picnic 6pm
               Program: “18th Century Medicine” 6:30

July 13, 2021 – Film via Zoom SOAR and STEP on the Internet

6. Old Business:

Discussion about the kayak loan procedures:
    Arrow direction signs placements
    The kiosk is being updated
    A fire ring is located at the village office
    Who does one contact to use the kayaks
    Could we laminate instructions to put on the shack door/
    Could we use a qr code or the SPAN website?
    Sandi bought the padlock which open with a code
    Is there any way to have users sign a liability waiver?
    Nicole Malbone moved “...to expend up to $300. for 2 trail cams”, seconded by Amber Clingerman.        Motion passed.

Dan Dapolito is looking for volunteers to help distribute Food Link on Sept. 21 in Clyde and November 16th in Savannah.

Re: the July 26th picnic, SPAN will be supplying hot dogs and hamburgers; SOAR will supply chicken.

The Revolutionary War Encampment will be held near the Blockhouse on July 17, 2021, from 10 to 4. SPAN will supply water and chips with our canopy station. We could use some weights to hold the poles down.

Halloween in the Park- Hugh Miner moved ‘”...that SPAN donate $175. to the event” ,seconded by Sandi Bastedo. Motion passed.

Discussion: Could we have BLG sell some of our surplus tees and hats at the consignment store?

Sandi Bastedo moved “...that SPAN be the holder of grant funds for the community garden”, seconded by Hugh Miner. Motion passed.

Re: the electronic sign, Sandi Bastedo moved”...that it be given to Keith Greene to do whatever he wishes”, seconded byAmy Bullard. Motion passed.

Sandi asked all of us to think about SPAN’s role in these last two years of the Cornell Grant.

Meeting adjourned at 8:30

Respectfully submitted,


David Hickey

Sunday, June 20, 2021

Clyde SPAN Minutes 06-01-2021

 The minutes of the June 1, 2021 meeting of SPAN held at the Glasgow Street office at 6:30 p.m.

Present: Amy Bullard; Hugh Miner; David Hickey; Nicole Malbone; Jennifer Peeso; and on Zoom,Amber Clingerman; and Kelly Furman

1 Amy Bullard called the meeting to order at 6:41.

2 Nicole Malbone moved to accept the May minutes, seconded by Hugh Miner. Motion passed.

3 Treasurer Amy Furman reported a closing balance of $9,398.41.

4 Membership: No report.

5 SOAR activities:
There is a bike rodeo on Saturday, June 5, sponsored by the school, the police and the village.
Art in the Park from 6 to 8 on June 22.
Clyde on the Erie bike riders , Tuesday, July 13th.
6 Kayak policy:
Sandi ordered a new lock.
Hugh, Niclole, and Amy did the stenciling
Jeanie at the Savannah bait shop suggested we also engrave our logo on the kayaks.
We feel it wise to invest in trail cams strategically located. Think about $200. installed.
Hugh Miner moved”...that we purchase trail cams and install them”. Also “...that we install
space saving storage racks for life jackets and oars, etc.” Both motions passed.
Also discussed were signage and their locations.
Hugh reported on the mulch project and what needs to be finished, We could use a weed
whacker to cut back on growth,.

7 The July Village Picnic July 26:
SPAN is providing the meat
The Historical Society is providing the program
Hugh mentioned others who are invited to help with preparations

8 Other discussions centered on summer kayaking
Erie Canal stewardship
Juneteenth: June 19th - Jennifer is working on this, getting two bands

9 New business:
The Blockhouse Revolutionary War encampment on July 17. SPAN involvement under our
canopy. We provide water and chips. Also SPAN can conduct a membership drive.
August 10th – bike riding on the trail.

10 Hugh Miner moved “ ...that SPAN lend our canopy to the June 5th bike rodeo” Motion passed.

Next meeting: July 6th, 2021

Respectfully submitted,
David Hickey

Monday, May 10, 2021

Clyde SPAN Minutes 05-04-2021

 The minutes of the May 4, 2021. meeting of SPAN held via Zoom at 6:30 p.m.

Present: Kelly Furman; Amber Clingerman; Amy Bullard; Rose Jeanne Strakal; Hugh Miner; Sandi Bastedo; Nicole Malbone; Jennifer Peeso; David Hickey; and special guest, Joe Salerno.

1 Rose Jeanne Strakal moved to accept the April minutes, seconded by KellyFurman. Motion carried.

2 Treasurer Amber Clingerman reported a closing balance of $10528.73.

3 Hugh said there is more work to be done moving mulch at the campsite. Those who wish to help will meet this Saturday, May 8, at 10:00 a.m. to continue the mulch project.

4 Membership chairperson Rose Jeanne reported that SPAN now has 104 members, and an additionl contribution of $225. in donations.

5 Juneteenth Celebration, named after the date of the Emancipation Proclamation, is being planned. Fliers and announcements will be forthcoming.

6 A bike rodeo is planned for June 5th. There is a meeting with the town board to finalize.

7 SOAR has a virtual Check-in on May 27th.

8 Nicole Malbone brought up the idea that maybe adopting a highway or street might be an activity we could support.

9 Hugh Miner said we need to label the kayaks, one name large and conspicuous, and one small and inconspicuous. Hugh will consult with „Signs and Designs“ to see if they might have a stencil for that purpose.

10 As to the kayak shed lock, Sandi is looking in to the possible choices.

11 Amy Bullard asked if SPAN should plan an event to celebrate the opening of our camp and kayak operations, perhaps in connection with Juneteenth or with the May 21st Erie Canac opening this year. Some of our local firms, like AATech, Thomas’s, and DiSanto’s might get involved. Jen Peeso will send out an email to get the ball rolling.

12 Our guest, Joe Salerno, gave us the rundown on the upcoming event, „Memories of Clyde“ scheduled for August 14th at Lauraville Landing from noon to 5 o’clock. His committee is highly organized and has over 1100 members. They plan to produce a video which can be accessed via Youtube. They are in need of donations. Hugh Miner moved and Rose Jeanne seconded to „...donate $300. to the Galen Historical Society for the Memories of Clyde project.“ Motion carried

13 The community picnic is planned for Lauraville Landing on July 26, 2021. It is cosponsored by the Historical Society and SPAN. Hugh and Nicole are the Historical Society contacts. SPAN will supply the meat, and others will supply either a dish to pass or dessert or chips. It is to be decided, considering covid-19 restrictions. Jim Darnell is looking into the program. Fliers will be sent out. We will be contacting Rotary, Lions Club, etc. More about this will be determined at out next meeting.

14 Amy Bullard brought up the Cycle the Erie event. Should we have a table in the park? Discuss.

15 Hugh and Rose Jeanne worked in the SPAN office organizing the books for the Little Red Bookshelves. They also constructed bookshelves in the office.

16 It was further discussed that perhaps we should have a campsite and kayak demonstration during the August 15th weekend. Perhaps the Montezuma Audubon Center could bring their kayaks for that event.

17 Sandi reminded us of the plant sale this weekend at the Cornell Extension in Newark.

18 The Mother’s Day event is canceled .

19 The dedication of the Little Red Bookshelves will be included in the Memories of Clyde event. Jen Peeso will do the attaching of the plaques on the bookshelves.

20 The Visitors to Clyde shed, a school project, is set for May 31st.

21 Hugh Miner moved and Sandi Bastedo seconded, that“...SPAN donate $300. to Dolars for Schollars as a graduation schollarship based on the applicant’s civic service record.“

22 A discussion of SPAN’s possible role as an Erie Canal steward will be part of next meeting’s agenda.

Meeting adjourned at 8:12 p.m.

Respectfully submitted 

David Hickey

Clyde SPAN Minutes 04-06-2021

 The minutes of the April 6, 2021, meeting of SPAN held at 6:30 p.m. via Zoom:

Present: Kelly Furman; Amber Clingerman; Amy Bullard; Rose Jeanne Strakal; Hugh Miner; Nicole Malbone; Sandi Bastedo; Jennifer Peeso; David Hickey

1 Kelly Furman opened the meeting at 6:57.

2 Amber reported a closing balance of $10,528.73. We are all caught up with Cornell through March.

3 Rose Jeanne reported 90 members. There was $125 in extra donations in March and 10 paid dues. We discussed a way to pay dues on line. Pay Pal charges a fee. Hugh said he would mention it in his next newsletter.

4 SPAN is registered for Canal Clean Sweep. There is a sign up sheet. SPAN members will divide their efforts to picking up debris along the trail and near the Blockhouse and in spreading mulch near the campsites. Span will provide sandwiches and water for the volunteers.

Sandi Bastedo moved and Rose Jeanne seconded,“...that SPAN will order sandwiches for the Clean Sweep volunteers from the West Side Deli“. Motion passed.

5 Under Old Business, it was stated that there will be a bike rodeo on Juneteenth. We will set up a committee on April 29th.

There is a community picnic scheduled for July 26, co-sponsored with the Historical Society to be held at Lauraville landing. SPAN is to provide the meat; other organizations will bring a dish to pass. The Historical Society will provide the program.

6 The memorial plaques in honor of Tom Castellano are at the SPAN office.They need to be attached to the Little Red Bookshelves. Sandi moved and Nicole seconded that“...SPAN pay for the materials to attach the plaques.“ Motion passed.

Hugh stated that we need volunteers to work on organizing the Little Red Bookshelf books at the  SPAN office. We need bookshelves. Hugh moved, and Rose Jeanne seconded“...that SPAN pay up to $300. to build bookshelves.“ Motion passed. We will check with Connie and Glen Martin before attaching any shelves.

7 The Master Gardener program needs to settle on a topic for the next presentation at 6:30 on May 4th. The choices are composting,tomato growing, sweet potatoes; and landscaping.

8 On May 8, the Saturday before Mother’s Day, kids must sign up at $10. per person. Virtual or in person

( I didn’t get all the details for the above activity – fill in the blanks here at the next SPAN meeting, please.)

9 Kelly Furman noted that we need to generate a list of activities and dates for next year. Hugh noted that 2023 is the 200th anniversary of Wayne County.

There is now a 10‘X10‘ canopy at the SPAN office. We may order another, if needed.

10 Meeting adjourned at 8:13 

Respectfully submitted,


David Hickey

Monday, April 5, 2021

Clyde SPAN Minutes 03-02-2021

The minutes of the March 2, 2021 meeting of SPAN via Zoom at 6:30 p.m.

Present: Kelly Furman; Amber Clingerman; Amy Bullard; Hugh Miner; Rose Jeanne Strakal; Sandi Bastedo; Elizabeth Bowby, John and Nancy Bryan; Joe Salerno; Jennifer Peeso; Nicole Malbone; David Hickey

1 Membership: Rose Jeanne Strakal said that 184 letters ready to send in the mail. There were 205 total. Bulk mail is complicated, needing 200+ and there is lots of paperwork. So they will buy stamps  and send tomorrow.  Elizabeth Bowby said perhaps we could participate with the library. Hugh will investigate. SOAR printed the lables. We do send bulk emails, e.g. Hugh’s newsletter.

2 St. Patrick dinner for March 17 flyer is prepared . This is done with participation with the school. Sign up by March 16, Google doc. Link.

3 Kelly Furman reported that a lock for the kayak shed, one that you can change the combination on, is roughly $110.. There is a range of between $18. to $160. , depending on weatherproofing, etc.

4 Elizabeth Bowby told of a program at the library with John and Nancy Bryan. We’d like to get them on our page in the future.

5 Joe Salerno, Class of 68 at Clyde-Savannah, is interested in Clyde History. He would like to tell of the history of the Clyde fireworks, have a ½ day with speakers in August. He hope to have SPAN sponsorship and involve the community in artwork, etc. The mayor is on board, the library, and the firemen.

Sandi Bastedo moved “….that SPAN will endorse “Memories of Clyde” event on August 14th, 2021”  Motion passed.

6 Sandi Bastedo proposed that we purchase 8 plaques honoring Tom Castellano to be attached to the Bright Red Bookshelves at a cost of $140. total. Sandi moved that we do get them. Motion passed.

7 The subject of a spring Easter festival was discussed with different possible events ( scavenger hunt; Easter egg hunt) planned for April 3rd.

Meeting adjourned at 8:12

Respectfully submitted,

David Hickey

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