Kennedy Pride Group Celebrates 11th Anniversary

KENNEDY – The Feb. 20 meeting of Kennedy Pride coincided with the group’s 11th anniversary.

Members celebrated with cake, coffee and cookies, as they made plans for continuing their efforts on behalf of the community. Clarence Robbins thanked Linda Bish, former Kennedy Free Library head librarian, for her foresight when she sent out invitations to community members 11 years ago.

Debra Kohl suggested that the group could keep the pasta theme of the spaghetti dinner, which had been traditionally been held the last Saturday in April, but come at it with a fresh twist. She suggested having a variety of pasta dishes and sauces, along with traditional sides and beverages. Group members thought this was an interesting idea, and voted to have Kohl chair the planning for the event.

The Victorian Tea was then discussed. Committee members suggested a spring garden theme for this year. The menu has been very popular with guests, and would remain pretty much the same.

Steve Stanton said he has contacted three different sign companies about replacing the “Welcome to Kennedy” signs. All have expressed interest in the projects. He said he hoped to be able to bring more concrete proposals before the group at the next meeting.

Shirley Leyman, co-president, again discussed the possibility of involving youth in community projects. She said she had been approached by a member of the Conewango Watershed group about the possibility of Kennedy Pride becoming involved with their efforts to clean up the watershed. Group members felt they would like to hear more information about the work, and would be willing to have a presentation made to the group. Different community groups and individuals could partner with the watershed group if the efforts were considered feasible. Ms. Leyman said she would go to a meeting and find out more information.

Robbins brought up the possibility of having a gas grill installed in the new pavilion when it is completed. He said many people do not use the charcoal grills which are currently placed beside each picnic table in Hallquist Park. He felt it would be nice, for events as well as for the general public, if a gas grill were available. Anyone would just have to supply their own propane tank. The matter will be looked into to see if it is feasible.

The next regular meeting of Kennedy Pride will be held on Wednesday, March 20 at 6:30 p.m. in the Kennedy Free Library. Everyone is invited to come, and to express any ideas they might have about projects for Kennedy and the surrounding community.