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

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.”