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Thursday, May 15, 2014

PA Lumber Museum Director Updates Progress On Construction At Galeton Development Meeting

PA Lumber Museum Director Updates Construction Progress At Galeton Development Meeting

By Henry Lush

The monthly meeting of the Galeton Development Corporation was held on Thursday, May 15 at the Brick House Deli with President Joe Pagano presiding. 13 members were present.

Jeff Bliemiester, site director for the Pennsylvania Lumberman's Museum, was the guest speaker. Jeff discussed the final stages of the construction of the new museum located on Rt 6, 10 miles west of Galeton. The new museum has been under construction for nearly two years. The new facility will double the size of the museum. The general meeting room will now accommodate 100 people. An elevator has been added as well as a new gift shop. As you enter the museum you will be greeted by four large blown up photos of Potter Co. Visitors may now visit the site on weekends. A grand opening event will be in October. The Pennsylvania Wilds and Pa. Route 6 programs will be a feature of the museum. The Pennsylvania Historical Commission will be changing the displays throughout the year. The museum will be available for meetings and other community activities. 

This will be the 40th anniversary of the Bark Peelers Convention over the 4th of July weekend.

B.J Lowther gave the group an update on the Galeton Health Center. B.J. commented on the various activities taking place at the center and at Cole Memorial. The center is open 5 days a week and is very busy providing health care for the Galeton area. Cole Memorial Hospital CEO, Ed Pitchford has been nationally recognized as a leader in rural hospital health care. B.J. also answered questions regarding the Affordable Care Act.

Andrew Lychalk gave the Chamber report. They remain very active with 47 members. The 4th of July parade will be held as usual and the chamber will be awarding a $1,000. scholarship to a GHS student. The selection process is underway.

John Ziegler gave the Rotary report telling about the various meetings this past month. GHS principal , Clyde Pierce is a new member.

Mike Plummer gave the Borough Authority report. The authority has applied for a grant to replace the water tank on the north side of town. It is in very bad repair.

Mike Plummer also commented on the school budget and urged everyone to get a copy of the budget any review it carefully. The 2015 budget of $6.2 million will have a big impact on the school and community. The school board and Dr. Freeman will be looking at cuts and raising taxes. The Gale Foundation has awarded 8 GHS graduates in the class of 2014 $5,000. scholarships. The boys tennis team has won the regional tennis championship.

Terri Dennison, Director of Pa. RT 6,  reported that she is working on the funding for the upcoming years budget and is also doing an economic impact study. The new RT 6 guide is ready for publication. The office on Main Street will be open on Saturdays from 10-3. Terri is organizing a Route 6 cleanup event.

Joe Pagano reported that the park steering committee is working on a year long maintenance plan for the park and entire area around the lake. Last month's speaker, Brian Eckert is helping work on grant for the various projects in Galeton and there may be funds available for a fish ladder on the dam. Joe reported work will begin on repairing and updating the Welcome To Galeton signs.

14 comments:

Anonymous said...

17 trillion in debt and look what we spend our money on!

Anonymous said...

And it gets maybe just maybe 2 visitors a year.

Anonymous said...

Yep stupid handicap everything and make us pay for it, and yes by the way I'm handicapped I don't need all those stupid excesses, please I was fine with parking in the rear and going in the back door. It was supposed to be a simple musuem to enjoy!!

Anonymous said...

Such a waste of money!

Anonymous said...

Elk viewing and visitor center Millions) , lumber museum additions (millions), Austin dam who knows? And then Austin was told by a consulting firm (that they paid $100,000.00 dollars to ) the town and the dam needs to come up with 3-5 million dollars. For what ? no tourism increase that i have seen over the past 40 or so years. In fact i have seen a huge decrease.

Anonymous said...

It was either give the money to a Philly politician or spend it on the Lumber Museum, I think they made the right choice.

Anonymous said...

Here's the deal people, the money was going to be spent regardless, there is no saving it. They don't just say the people in potter county don't want this museum so let's just put it in the bank or split it up amungest them, it's going to get spent. Now would you rather see them spend it in Pittsburg or Philly? Or our back yard? It gets spent weather we like it or not so let's just be happy it was spent here.

Anonymous said...

It's beautiful... wow!

Anonymous said...

Anonymous Anonymous said...
Here's the deal people, the money was going to be spent regardless, there is no saving it. They don't just say the people in potter county don't want this museum so let's just put it in the bank or split it up amungest them, it's going to get spent. Now would you rather see them spend it in Pittsburg or Philly? Or our back yard? It gets spent weather we like it or not so let's just be happy it was spent here.


Here's the real deal. We keep electing jackasses like Marty Causer to bring home the pork, and then make excuses that it's better spent on us rather than Philly, which of course makes us no better than them.

Anonymous said...

7:31, why do you keep busting Martin Causer's arse? I think he is doing a commendable job for us pions up north, especially the elderly. Any crumbs that we get instead of Philly and Pittsburgh is fine by me. I happen to think the museum is a great place to visit and hope the renovation makes it better.
Martin Causer has my vote!

Anonymous said...

Good Lord, folks will complain about everything and anything. Happiness for some is so fragile.

Anonymous said...

It shouldn't be surprising that government buildings look great, while privately owned buildings are looking worse and worse. It's too easy to spend other people's money.

Anonymous said...

I am happy to see Obama's economy is not so bad after all.

Anonymous said...

you are right 11:20pm, we live in shacks made of plastic and fake wood while schools, hospitals, gov offices use real wood and stone.