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Thursday, December 17, 2015

Galeton Development Corporation Met Thursday

The monthly meeting of the Galeton Development Corporation was held on December 17th at the Brick House Deli with president Joe Pagano presiding. 15 members were present.
Secretary/treasurer, Paul Pritchard gave the financial reports.

B.J. Lowther gave the Galeton Health Center report. He invited the community to come to the Health Center open house on December 23 from 3-6 pm and meet the GHC new physician, Dr. Nolt.

Beth Lounsbury gave the library report. Over 50 attended the Holiday readings during the Christmas in a small town celebration. Author Walt Franklin had a book signing at the library on December 5. The first coloring books for adults session went well and the second will take place on January 14 at 2 pm. Children's book author, Dawn Bacon will be at the library April 21 at 6pm to read and sign books. Family craft nights are well received by both children and parents. The next fund raiser is a portrait event at the Galeton Moose January 29,30,31. It is a very inexpensive way to get family photographs. Call the library for all of the details.

John Zeigler gave the Rotary report. The club contributed $250. to the Pa Route 6 projects. Thanks to Rotarians, Tony Adami and Mike Callahan the Rotary star shines brightly over Galeton. This has been a tradition for 60 years.

Mike Plummer reported for the Galeton Borough and Borough Authority. The engineering firm retained by both organizations is still working on the Wetmore water project and the School St. wall. The budget was approved with a 5% hike in water/sewer rates and a 1mil increase in property taxes.

Dr. Brenda Freeman gave the GASD report. Tonight will be the annual Christmas concert at the school. GASD has long been noted for it's excellent sports teams and now GASD academic ratings are too. GASD attained the highest school academic performance in the area including IU9. All area youth leaders will be meeting at the school and will participate in school activities while here. Dr. Freeman attended a drug/alcohol conference in Tioga Co. and found it to be very helpful. The school girls basketball team is undefeated this season and the boys team is having a good building program. New school board members are Dr. Mary Geiter and Tony Cimino. Rick Yonkin was reelected with a very high vote. The Pa. budget impasse has created budget problems. Bids were put out for interim financing and our local Northwest Savings Bank won out with a very generous low interest rate. The school is very appreciative of that. Family reading night continues to be very successful.

Pastor Tom Shatto gave the Gale Pride report. 2 high school students are now on the board and a EIN number has been received. The Germania Luncheon Club has contributed $100. to GP. Mike Brown is a very active board member and is working on 3 questions to be asked to students about what they feel are the most important things to do for the youth of Galeton. Mike is also working on bringing a 4H club to town. Pastor Tom is working on establishing an AmeriCorps group in Galeton. Principal Clyde Pierce is also very active working on grants and other activities. Grant writer Ellen Shinn has been retained as a grant writer. General Frank Sullivan gave a very inspirations talk to the school. His talk is a part of GP program to bring GHS grads here to speak about their life experiences. Things are really moving along for this outstanding program for the youth of Galeton.

Joe Pagano reported that a grant for upgrades to the Collins Park were not approved, however, the steering committee will work on projects which includes upgrading the kiosk to look more like the bandhouse. A grant will be applied for to establish a rec trail in the community. This will be in cooperation with DCNR. GDC will finance a bike rack for the library.

1 comment :

Anonymous said...

Nothing about getting rid of that feckless dam that messes up the flow of the West Branch and creates that mud pit in town?