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

Tuesday, August 18, 2020


Once again a cheerful message from Clyde SPAN -


Even in the midst of cancellations, there is still much to report. You can expect to read, below, three main items. One is the upcoming Revolutionary War Encampment on September 12. Another is the naming of an amazing number of SOAR, Village, and SPAN activities, in spite of the cancellation season. And, finally, an update on the kayak situation.


Tom Sawtelle, Clyde and Galen’s code enforcement officer, and the Village of Clyde are sponsoring the encampment demonstration on Saturday, September 12. As of now, it is expected to start at 10 a.m. and go well into the afternoon. Stay tuned in case there is a change of time. This year’s demonstrations will not be scheduled at specific times, but, instead, occur at various stations throughout the day. Dressed in British War uniforms, the performers at one station will show the uniform along with musketry and drumming methods. There will be children’s broomstick drills, a women’s fashion in the 18th century display, a tent living display, a quill pen and ink activity, fire building with flint and steel, 18th century open-fire cooking, and short talks on the American Revolution by Gary Newman. Representing the American side of the war will be Tom Sawtelle in uniform. All this will take place at the Blockhouse just east of Clyde village on Route 31. Water and chips will be for sale at a minimal price.


With no carnival, parade and fireworks, Clyde still was alive. The Savannah Cellar Savers celebrated their 50th year of existence with a concert on August 12 at Lauraville Landing Park, where social distancing was possible. Hundreds of people attended. A car show on Saturday, August 15, again attracted a large crowd to the parking areas near the Fire Hall. Thanks go to the Village for the support of these two activities.


SOAR is leading the way for several activities. Two of them have to do with art. One of them was called “En Plein Fun on the River” and it invited artists to do a painting at a spot along the Clyde River. Judging was completed on August 15 and the winners were Harold (Buddy) Mann (Best of Show), Debbie Rossignol (first place) and Alexis Ann Thomas-Stacy (runner up). Sponsors were Finger Lakes Community Arts Grants, Kee Kee Run, and Clyde SPAN. The other art activity is a Bob Ross Paint Class at Kee Kee Run with Kelly Jackson as instructor at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, August 18 (when you may be reading this).


Two other activities initiated by SOAR have to do with walking. A community scavenger hunt is occurring between August 15 and 31. Forms can be picked up at the CS Public Library and Rose’s Quick Stop in Savannah. There are great prizes. The other activity is not a contest. It invites youth and adults to walk the trail starting at Lauraville Landing. As they walk along the trail, they will read a story, page by page posted on individual stakes spread out along the trail.


Finally, here is an update on the kayak situation. A new lock and a camera make the storage shed more secure. There has been a great response to the SPAN desire to purchase new or used kayaks. Many thanks go to Anonymous ($600), the insurance company ($687) and individual donors, including Sue Maloy, Deborah Wright, Tracy Ballerstein, and Jean Allen and Linda Gordillo. Let us know if you know of any kayaks for sale by contacting or Hugh at All for now. We would enjoy hearing any of your news.

Wednesday, July 29, 2020

Clyde SPAN Minutes 07-07-2020

The minutes of the July 7, 2020 meeting of SPAN held at Lauraville Landing at 6:30 p.m. Social
distancing and mask protocol were maintained.

Present: Amber Clingerman; Hugh Miner; Jenifer Peeso; Amy Bullard; Jerry Fremaow; Kelly
Furman; Sandi Bastedo; Dave Hickey

1 Call to order by Kelly Furman at 6:37

2 Hugh Miner moved to accept the June minutes, seconded by Amy Bullard. Motion carried.

3 Treasurer Amber Clingerman reported an ending balance of $9,380.59.

4 Membership: Rose Jeanne Strakal, in absencia, reported 73 members.

5 Events are still to be determined due to the covid 19 pandemic, e.g. the car show, the
Blockhouse reenactment.

6 The missing kayaks- enquiries have been made. There were lots of shares over the Internet.

7 After some discussion, Hugh Miner moved “…to purchase a new lock, a trail cam, and one
kayak.” Motion carried.

8 Hugh reported that a neighbor, Al Weaver, weed whacked the campsite area.

9 A load of mulch has been ordered near the campsite.

10 Two fire rings have been ordered by the village.

11 Some people are volunteering to work on the trails.

12 Hugh Miner and Tom Sawtelle have been working on the Kiosks. Hugh would like to send a
letter to six companies in Clyde for their support, Sandi moved “ to have Hugh send the letter.”
Seconded by Jennifer Peeso. Motion carried.

13 Amy Bullard reported the Kee Kee Run is planning a virtual Art and Dessert program over
YouTube on July 14th.. There is a $25, charge. There was a handout with details.
Also Steve Moore has talked with Auburn Theater about a music in the park program for 2023,
the 200th anniversary of Wayne County.

14 There are several signs in the SPAN office that need placing. Tom Sawtelle has the details.

15 SOAR news: Sanitizer and face masks are available for businesses. There were Face book
updated regarding the lost kayaks. It was suggested that a $20 donation would result in a
membership for 2021.

15 The meeting adjourned at 8:05 p.m.

Respectfully submitted,
David Hickey

Friday, July 17, 2020

July SPAN Newsletter

Hi to all of you who love Clyde and Galen,

SPAN had its July monthly meeting outdoors at the Lauraville Landing pavilion, and we only had to stop a couple of times for the trains going by.

As I am writing this, there is another great art event going on over at the Kee Kee Run cafe. For $25, a person got an art kit and dessert and be led in painting by Kelly Jackson. SPAN was happy to be a co-sponsor of this event.

Last month I told you of our effort to update the three kiosks in town. Tom Sawtelle and I have come up with plans to re-do two of the three panels on each kiosk. The third panel, which highlights Clyde history, does not need to be changed. One of the current challenges is making sure we can find the plexiglass which will cover the changed panels. Plexiglass is one of those items in short supply if the manufacturers of it had to shut down during the pandemic. As I said last month, we will keep you informed.

It was good to have Mayor Jerry Fremouw at the July meeting. Even though, as he informed us, that the carnival, parade and fireworks were likely to be canceled this year, he is looking forward to two events that are still scheduled for the central park area. One is the 50th year celebration of the Cellar Savers, at 6 p.m., on Wednesday, August 12. The other event is a car show that is set for Saturday, August 15, which will start at 10 a.m.

This next item is a mixture of bad news/good news. Sometime during the three-day period of June 18-20 four SPAN kayaks were stolen from the shed at the Lauraville campsite. We don’t know how it was done since the lock on the shed was not damaged. The Clyde police were informed and they are continuing even now to track down leads for the kayaks, which were each labeled with the words “Sun Dolphin.” But what is the good news? Our insurance policy will allow us to purchase at least one kayak as a replacement. The July 7 meeting also voted to purchase one more kayak from our existing funds. And if anyone wants to donate toward another purchase, we decided that a donation of $20 would also be counted as payment of next year’s SPAN dues. We will also be looking at a better lock and a camera to keep this from happening again.

And here is a great “thank you” regarding the campsite. Pastor Al Weaver who lives near the campsite but only recently discovered its existence, walked over there, without any encouragement, and put his weed-eater to work and made it possible to use the four campsites and picnic area. (That green stuff sure can grow!) If you haven’t met Al, he is the fellow playing his guitar outside the Baptist Church (now Open Arms Community Fellowship) on Friday evenings.

Finally, Supervisor Steve Groat and I will be holding a meeting of people from Savannah and Clyde/Galen who would like to take part in planning local events to commemorate the establishing of the County of Wayne 200 years ago, as of 2023. Let me know if you would like to attend. It is appropriate that Clyde/Galen and Savannah are working together, since we were combined into one township in 1823.

Thanks for listening. (If you want to respond by postal mail, the address is Clyde SPAN, PO Box 14, Clyde, NY 14433. My email is – . Hugh Miner

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

Monday, June 8, 2020

Clyde SPAN Minutes 06-02-2020

The minutes of the “zoom” meeting of SPAN held at 6:30 p.m. on June 2, 2020

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

1 Amber called the meeting to order at 6:59. (Some of us had difficulty signing in to our phones or computers)

2 Hugh moved that the May minutes be approved, seconded by Sandi Bastedo. Motion carried.

3 The treasurer reported a balance of $9,561.14.

4 Membership: We now have 8 new members with a total of 58.

5 SOAR update: We continue to use the Empire State trail. There is a “Residential Health Activities” 14 day challenge sheet that has been distributed. A discussion followed regarding trail activity which included bird houses and art on the trail. Hugh reported that the community picnic is cancelled . Hugh stated the he will be conducting a cemetery walk in October or November. No one has heard about whether there will be an August 15th festival this year. There may be an encampment according to Tom Sawtelle.

6 Hugh mentioned that we might use the Chamber of Commerce funds to upgrade the kiosks. Jeff Rice, Tom Sawtelle, Hugh Miner and Nicole Malbone will try to enlist others to work on that project.

7 Dollars for Scholars has requested to use the SPAN office.

8 Hugh Miner moved that “…we purchase 2 fire rings “ , seconded by Sandi. Motion passed.

9 Amy will ask Kevin Rooney for more mulch for the campsite.

10 Sandi has a bench she will donate to the fishing area, and Jennifer Peeso has a truck to help move it and also move the fire rings.

11 Could we schedule a “work day” at the campsite and maybe have a hot dog cook out ?

12 Rose Jeanne will extend an invitation to the Amish to use our campsite.

13 Hugh agreed to be the caretaker of a shed key along with the village office.

Nicole Malbone mentioned a possible young kids walk with a scary movie. Amy said she would like to see a once a month news letter sent to the membership. Hugh agreed he will conjure one up once he gets these minutes.

Next meeting, weather permitting, our SPAN meeting will be at the Lauraville Landing pavilion.

Meeting adjourned at 8:04

Respectfully submitted
David Hickey

Monday, June 1, 2020

Clyde SPAN Minutes 05-05-2020

The minutes of the May meeting of SPAN held on “Zoom” on May 5, 2020 at 6:30

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

1 Call to order at 6:35

2 Hugh Miner moved to accept the corrected minutes, seconded by Rose Jeanne Strakal. Motion

3 Treasurer’s report showed a beginning balance of $10,707.62 and an ending balance of
$10,544.65. Waiting for receipts for 3 month’s rent.

4 Membership: Rose Jeanne reported 50 members all together in April, not all paid yet.

5 Hugh Miner said the Galen Historical Society has at least one other than the treasurer who can
write checks. He would like us to have such a system. It was reported that Hugh is already set up
at Lyons bank to do just that.

6 We discussed what our contribution might be to “Dollars for Scholars” Hugh moved
that,”…three hundred dollars be given to “Dollars for Scholars”.”, seconded by Linda Bell.
Motion carried.

7 Since Tom Castellano will no longer be presiding, it was agreed to move Kelly Furman to be
co-chair and Sandi Bastedo would be vice chair. Hugh miner moved “…that Kelly Furman be a
new co-chair with Hugh Miner and that Sandi Bastedo would act as vice chair for the duration of
2020.” Linda bell seconded and the motion passed.

8 Amy would look into the birdhouse project along the Erie Canal Trail. She will contact Kevin
Rooney with the county. It could be a family project, an “art trail”. Other projects were
discussed. Amy will discuss with Mary K Lauster to get a committee started.

9 Hugh Miner moved that we adjourn, 7:57

Respectfully submitted,
David Hickey

Monday, May 4, 2020

Clyde SPAN Minutes 04-07-2020

The minutes of the April 7, 2020 meeting of SPAN via ZOOM

Present (via Zoom): Hugh Miner; Amy Bullard; Rose Jeanne Strakal; Sandi Bastedo; David
Hickey; Linda Bell; Nicol Malbone; Kelly Furman; Amber Clingerman; Mary Kay Lauster;
Laura Dean; & Jennifer Peeso

1 Members logged in to Zoom address sponsored by Cornell.

2 New project coordinator for SPAN/ SOAR introduced: Jennifer Peeso. Brief bio over Zoom.

3 Treasurer’s report: Ending balance - $10,707.62 – detailed report will be sent via email.

4 Membership: We have 43 new members. We are getting together a thank-you letter. Most
dates for the coming year are now in question due to covid-19.

5 Are there any things we can do for the community? Sandi mentioned putting paper eggs
in the window for Easter. There are 279 lunches served at CSCS – could SPAN supply
Easter candy, like stuffed eggs to be added to the take-out bags?

6 Any ideas for Mother’s Day? Hand out flowers? Mother-daughter buffet?

7 Mary Kay stated that we need a census of who is in need in Clyde, maybe through a
questionnaire, maybe door to door after the coronavirus subsides.

8 We could have a list of projects ready for clubs.

9 Hugh Miner moved ‘…that SPAN spend up to $100. to purchase candy for student lunches”
Seconded by Mary Kay. Motion passed.

10 Amy wondered if students could paint along with artists in the paint & chat venues. Could
Steve Moore work it into an arts grant. Perhaps a photography contest or other media with a

11 Meeting adjourned at 8:03pm.

Respectfully submitted,
David Hickey

Tuesday, April 7, 2020

Clyde SPAN Minutes 03-03-2020

The minutes of the March 3, 2020 meeting of SPAN held at 6:30 p.m. at the SPAN office on
Glasgow Street in Clyde, NY

Present Amber Clingerman; Hugh Miner; Sandi Bastedo; Mary K Lauster; Steve Moore; Harold
Mann; Debbie Blasczak; Mark DeVito; Rose Jeanne Strakal; David Hickey

1 Meeting called to order at 7:15

2 Sandi Bastedo moved to accept February 2020 minutes, seconded by Mary K. Lauster. Motion

3 Treasurer’s report shows a balance of $7,229.23. Motion to accept made by Rose Jeanne
Strakal, seconded by Hugh Miner. Motion passed.

4 Mark DeVito explained the plans for a fishing derby to be held on May 2 &3rd.He has talked to
Mayor Jerry and Town Supervisor Steve Groat. He would like to involve the high school fishing
club. He would make it free for kids and he will need volunteers. Donations would be needed to
cover prizes and expenses. They would need posters and hand-outs to promote the event. Think
it over and we will make decisions in April.

5 August 1st –St Jude’s Erie Canal Music Festival – Mark DeVito is working on this idea. He
will need to know soon of our involvement so he can book musicians. Many questions need to be

6 Sandi Bastedo will send out an updated events list with the membership drive letter.

7 Rose Jeanne displayed the membership letter. It cost about $80. For printing, etc.

8 Steve Moore reported that he applied to Auburn Public Theater for an Art Musical grant, which
is mostly for art classes.

9 Debbie Blasczak reported that the Savannah Silver Stars is looking at a bus tour on the 3rd
week of April., April 20th.

10 Sandi Bastedo moved that SPAN support student Colton Rice at $25. To attend a leadership
conference. Seconded by Steve Moore. Motion carried.

11. Meeting adjourned at 8:03.

Respectfully submitted,
David Hickey

Wednesday, February 5, 2020

Clyde SPAN Minutes 02-03-2020

The minutes of the first of two SPAN meetings held at 66 Glasgow Street @ 6:30 p.m. on
February 3, 2020.

Present: Amber Clingerman; Hugh Miner; Tom Castellano; Dave Hickey; Ann Fenton; Amy Bullard; Linda Bell; Sandi Bastedo; Kelly Furman; Cheryl Bonnell

The meeting was called to order by Tom Castellano.

Hugh Miner moved and Linda Bell seconded
“…that Amber Clingerman and Hugh Miner are the authorized persons to do bank transactions for ClydeSPAN at Lyons National Bank as of February 4, 2020.”
The motion carried.


The minutes of the second meeting of SPAN at the same time and day as the first mtg. with the
same people attending.

1 Sandi Bastedo moved to accept the minutes of the January meeting, seconded by David Hickey. The motion passed.

2 Treasurers report: Amber Clingerman reported a balance of $6,905.59.

3 Membership: Hugh reported about the annual letter to be included in the annual membership drive. The board looked at the proposed language and made recommendations. Several photos that might be selected for inclusion were passed around. Cornell will print the letter with the SPAN logo.

4 Amy Bullard described SOAR activities:
February 12 Community Room Dinner Midtown Square Apartment at 5:30
February 13 Community School 10 – 2pm & Kee Kee Run
March 3 Garden event
March 3 Paint night for Teens at Kee Kee Run
April 18 Canal Clean Sweep
May 2 & 3 Mark DeVito plans a Fishing Derby near the camp grounds.

5 Hugh miner moved and Linda Bell seconded “…that we budget an amount not to exceed $60 dollars toward a gift to be determined later. Motion passed.

6 The annual community picnic was discussed. It is set for July 27, 2020 at Lauraville Landing. A committee is looking into a program for the event.

7 Linda Bell reported that the canal communities from Macedon to Camillus are planning a bike tour at which that would like to visit historic places. Clyde needs to decide which areas we might like to highlight.

8 The meeting adjourned at 7:31 . Next regular meeting is March 3, 2020.

Respectfully submitted,
David Hickey

Tuesday, January 14, 2020

Clyde SPAN Minutes 01-08-2020

The meeting of Clyde SPAN was called to order at 6:33 p.m. on January 8, 2020, by Chairperson Tom Castellano.
Present at the meeting were
Sandi Bastedo
Linda Bell
Tom Castellano
Amber Clingerman
Nicole Daniels
Kelley Furman
Steve Groat
Brenda Kinnetz
Mary Catherine Lauster
Bud Mann
Virginia Merritt
Hugh Miner
Tom Sawtelle.

The minutes were approved on a motion by Hugh Miner and a second by Brenda Kinnetz.

The treasurer’s report showed the transactions that occurred in the months of November and December of 2019. Expenditures included payments for Spectrum cable, rent, annual insurance, and activities including bus trips, ballroom dancing, and paint and sip nights. One unusual item was the late cashing of a rent check by Mr. Cipriano. The bank balance at the end of November was $5,794.35, The bank balance at the end of December was $5,689.35.

Sandi Bastedo announced that she would be leaving her post as coordinator of the SOAR program. She has accepted a new position, also with Cornell Cooperative Extension, that will begin on January 16, 2020. She expressed her appreciation of her time with SPAN and SOAR and said that she looks forward to continuing her membership in SPAN.

The nomination and election of SPAN officers for 2020 was conducted by Mr. Castellano. The position of Secretary was filled by the ballot cast by the interim secretary (motion by Hugh [1] and Sandi [2]) for Dave Hickey to continue as secretary. Nominated by Sandi and seconded by Linda for the position of treasurer was Amber Clingerman. The motion passed. Sandi nominated Kelley Furman to be vice chairperson. The motion was seconded by Ginny Merritt and it passed. And Hugh moved and Sandi seconded the nomination of Tom Castellano to continue as chairperson. The motion passed.

The major part of the evening was spent in the discussion of several activities in which SPAN could participate during the year of 2020. There will be further discussion in this regard in the coming meetings. Tom Sawtelle started the discussion with a list of items that was distributed, and others gladly added other ideas. The ones listed here came from a variety of people, fulfilling SPAN’s identity as an incubator for ideas and activities to better the community. This means also that our eventual activities may sponsored by other organizations and municipalities.

January:  Paint and Sip night on January 28
March 3:  presentation by Master Gardeners
        Bob Ross Teen Night
April: Operation Clean Sweep
May: Memorial Day
June: the start of the Community Market
        a fishing derby on June 27 proposed by Mark DeVito
July: Tuesday, July 14, cycling the Erie (meeting people in the Park, Blockhouse open
        Possible return of community picnic at the Blockhouse on July27 with several sponsors
August: Community Festival on, possibly, August 13-16
September: Reenactor encampment on two days, choosing from September 11-13
       Colonial cookout at Blockhouse
October: a vendor fair on October 10 at the end of Fire Prevention Week
        a return of the Haunted History at the Blockhouse followed by Mystery&Mayhem tour
November: Clyde Village Holiday Happenings and Parade of Lights on November 28
December: Cookie Walk at Methodist Church, Christmas exhibit at Museum, dinner at VFW on 12/5

Other suggestions included a possible return of Halloween in the Park, a Maypole Dance possibly at the after-school program, a cemetery fundraiser. Noted Clyde artist, Bud Mann, would like us to encourage young people to engage in painting. He also saw the community room at the Midtown Apartments as a site for art programs. He also hopes that the Montezuma art show will get more publicity, both before and after the event.

The meeting adjourned at 8:07 p.m. with a reminder that the next monthly meeting will be February 4.

Respectfully submitted,
Hugh Miner, interim secretary

Monday, January 6, 2020

Clyde SPAN Minutes 11-04-2019

The minutes of the November 4, 2019 meeting of SPAN held at the Glasgow Street office at 6:30 p.m.

Present: Tom Castellano; Amy Bullard; Linda Bell; Hugh Miner; Sandi Bastedo; Dave Hickey;
Dolly Romer; and Rose Jeanne Strakal

1 Tom Castellano called the meeting to order at 6:34

2 A motion to accept the corrected minutes was made by Rose Jeanne Strakal and seconded by
Hugh Miner. Motion carried.

3Treasurer’s report listed a balance of  $6,544.45.

4 Rose Jeanne reported a membership of 114.

5 Dolly reported that the George Eastman House trip was enjoyed by 20 people. Rose Jeanne and
Dolly are writing a letter to the town and village for support in 2020.

6 Sandi Bastedo reported that Steve Moore is managing the art project for SOAR. They applied
to the Finger Lakes Art for a grant for next year. Kee Kee Run is having an art session in
December and would like one in January.
Sandi reported that the honor students at Clyde-Savannah would like to do some community
service work on December 20.
November 30th is Hometown Happy holiday.
On December 7th, the Galen Historical Society will have Open House with Larry Dapolito
playing the vintage organ.
On November 23, St John’s will be holding a mini-bazaar.
Gayle Porter is continuing to prepare a space for an art parlor.
Galens is closing.

The next meeting is scheduled for January 7th at 6:30.

Respectfully submitted,
David Hickey