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Town Board recognizes two residents for community service


GERMANTOWN—The Town Board acknowledged two residents for their service at the board’s monthly meeting Monday, May 21 and announced information meetings on the sidewalk project, according to resident Kay Abraham, who attended the meeting.

For the Economic Development Committee, Corinne Curry presented artist Kenneth Cooke with a framed certificate of appreciation in his signature colors, black with a touch of orange. The certificate salutes Mr. Cooke for his contributions to the well being of the town, most specifically for design of the 12526 logo, which has been adopted by the town’s business community as its unifying graphic.

Town board members Joel Craig and Joan Snyder presented an award to Donna Diehl as the Columbia County Senior Citizen of the Year. This award recognizes Ms. Diehl’s 13 years of organizing and providing a full Thanksgiving dinner for those in need. Meals are served in the Kellner Activities Building for those who can attend and delivered to the homes of those cannot. Ms. Diehl is also a volunteer for the Food Pantry and heads a choir that gives public concerts each winter.

The Sidewalk Committee, which is overseeing extension of the hamlet’s sidewalks, set two meetings: Wednesday, May 30, at 6 p.m. for landowners along the right-of-way of the sidewalks, and Saturday, June 2, at 9:30 a.m. for the public. This meeting will offer a general update on the project with plans and drawings for view and discussion. Both meetings take place in the Kellner Activities Building on Palatine Park Road.

At the request of Mr. Craig, the board scheduled a workshop meeting to discuss some issues facing the town, such as sidewalks, the lake, which is clogged with algae and Asian chestnut, and the sewer district. This meeting, open to the public, takes place Monday, June 4, at 6:30 p.m. in the Kellner Building.

In other business, the board:

Appointed Stephen Savoris, who has been acting chair of the Zoning Board of Appeals, actual chair.

Authorized the spending by Anthony Cidras, head of maintenance, of $2,250 on emergency repair of the town’s large mower. This includes new engine, new warranty, installation and shipping.

Learned from Councilman Donald Westmore of the Communications Committee that Friday, June 1, is the kick-off date for the public’s use of the new 537-INFO. Thanks to Gtel Telecommunications, this phone number will provide recorded information about town government, schools, library and community groups. Information will be updated frequently with dates and times for certain events.

Learned that the Park Commission holds a Sub Sale Thursday, June 14, at the Kellner Building, to benefit the playground fund. Sub sandwiches will be sold from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. and from 4 to 7 p.m. Bulk orders can be made at

Learned that the Park Commission, with the participation of the Hudson Valley Men’s Softball League, will host a softball tournament July 7 and 8. This event will also benefit the playground fund. The commission meets next on Monday, June 4, at 5:30 p.m. in the Kellner Building. All are welcome.

Deputy Supervisor Austin Sullivan chaired the meeting in the absence of Supervisor Roy Brown. All board members attended, along with an audience of about 20. The next regular Town Board meeting is Monday, June 18, at 7 p.m. in Town Hall.

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