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Thursday, June 18, 2015

Galeton Development Corporation Meets

by Henry Lush
The monthly meeting of the Galeton Development Corporation was held on Thursday, June 18 at 7:30 am at the Brick House Deli. President Joe Pagano presided. The were 14 members and guests present.

Terri Dennison, Ex. Director of the US Route 6 Assoc/ reported that work continues on the NY trail from New York state through this area ending up in Ansonia. Many obstacles are being worked on. The Denton Hill State Park project will be the focus of a state sponsored study group.

Dr. Brenda Freeman, Galeton School superintendent gave a report on many GHS activities. 14 seniors graduated this year. This was the smallest graduating class in many years, however, enrollment size is increasing. She indicated several cyber school student are returning to in school classes. A outdoor school greenhouse is being built with a lab and will be available to students in grades 9-12. The boys tennis team and girls softball teams did very well this year. Tennis went to state finals. The school boiler system has been upgraded and saves the school a substantial amount of money on a yearly basis.

B.J. Lowther reported for Cole Memorial Hospital. A recent study showed that dental health is a major issue in the county. Cole is looking at apply for a grant to bring dentists in to the county possibly with a mobile dental unit traveling in all areas of Potter co. He indicated that major renovations have been made in the Galeton Health Center. The lab has been modernized and expanded and additional exam rooms have been added. Under the direction of Andrew Kayes, M.D. additional hours have been added including early evening hours.

John Ziegler gave the Rotary report. The club meets Thursday at the OX YOKE INN and remains very busy with interesting programs each week. Including a social event at Oak Hall B&B, a tour of the Gaines Tackle Shop and a update on the local state parks at Lyman Lake and Cherry Springs presented by Chip Harrison. The Dark Skies program continues to expand and is very popular. The Dark Skies events and the Rotary Woodsmen's Show are the two most popular tourist attractions in the county. Special note was made that Rotarian Pete Folk and his wife Jean planted and painted all of the benches around the lake. The cost of doing this was helped substantially by Galeton Drug donations. Two $1,000. school scholarships were given out this year.

It was reported that Pastor Tom Shatto's Community Connections Committee remains very active and many positive things are happening including a after school program and a 4H group for the community. The committee meets the first Monday each month 6PM at the First Presbyterian Church. Good things are happening for the youth of our community.

Andrew Lychalk reported for the Chamber. The annual dinner held at the Plaza Cafe was a success. Rep Matt Baker was the speaker. Plans are well under way for the annual 4th of July parade. The chamber and community are very appreciative of the dedicated hard work of the men of the Baptist Church for rebuilding the "Welcome To Galeton" signs. The west sign will go up soon as will the wiring for lights Joe Pagano and John Kelley are helping with this important project too.

Beth Lounsberry could not attend today, however, submitted a written library report. Last month the library had 1078 items taken out with 739 people using the facility including 254 using the computers. Knitting in Public day was held at the library on June 13 with 14 knitters attending. It was a great turnout and very informative. Two groups from the school came to the library for book reading and a tour. There were 31 kindergarteners and 68 from grades 3-6.

Galeton Memories books and cookbooks are being sold at Cimino's Hardware, The Brick House, Call of the North, Hearts Desire and Northwest Banks. Sales are going well.

I very nice library sign had been put up in front of the library and another will be installed on Union St.

The Featured guest speaker was Ken Wingo of the Gale House #1 ambulance company. He noted that the organization was formed in 1895 as a fire company and became a ambulance company in 1955. It has a long and active history serving the area. Today the company has 3 ambulances at a cost of around $200,000. each and a command 4 wheel drive team responder vehicle. The organization has 450 members and serve about 4,500 people. However, during tourist season many more are served. Ken gave the meeting an update on the new and beautiful 10,800 square foot ambulance building on Union St. It is the first large building built in town since 1950 and is a very nice addition to the community. It is a very well equipped, modern building with a railroad motif reflecting Galeton's railroad history. It is very well equipped and laid out in every way. It is capable of handling a community shelter if needed. Ken said they are always short of EMT's and encouraged more people to get involved. The former Gale Hose Ball was a town tradition. Ken reviewed that as well.

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