Kennedy Pride Sets Spring Activities

KENNEDY – Members of Kennedy Pride made plans for several events and projects that promise to provide an active spring for area residents. Their recent meeting also saw the group looking beyond the immediate plans to future endeavors for the community.

The first event on the schedule is the Town-Wide Clean-Up Day. This will be held on Saturday, April 20, from 9 a.m. to noon. Residents will be able to bring yard debris to the town hall in Kennedy. The Highway Department buildings on Grubb Hill Road will once again be staffed to allow residents to bring items that they no longer want so they can be disposed of. No garbage, tires or appliances will be accepted. Also, no hazardous waste. Volunteers can meet at the town hall before going around the downtown area for a clean-up patrol. Since Kennedy Pride initiated this event several years ago, residents have noticed a definite improvement in all areas of town.

The second event on the schedule is the Pasta Parade. This dinner will be held on Saturday, April 27, from 5-7 p.m. in the Kennedy United Methodist Church fellowship hall. A variety of pastas and sauces will be offered, along with salads, bread, beverages and dessert. Cost will be $8 for adults, and $5 for children from 4 to 12. Those 3 and under, or over 90, can dine for free. Any funds raised will be used to help continue the efforts of Kennedy Pride on behalf of the community.

Also planned for this spring is the Victorian Tea. It has been officially set for Saturday, May 18, in the Kennedy United Methodist Church fellowship hall. Committee members brought their plans before the group during the recent meeting, and the sign-up sheets are already filled. This annual event has fast become an anticipated outing, with prizes and auction baskets, as well as a wonderful meal and a good social time with friends and family.

Steve Stanton showed the group design ideas for new “Welcome to Kennedy” signs from one area sign company. Several different options were shown, and an estimate was given. Members felt the cost was reasonable. Stanton hoped to have information from the other companies that were contacted to present before the group at the next meeting.

It was reported that there should be no problem removing the one tree in Hallquist Park once the weather breaks. Work should be able to be completed in one day. When this is done, the plans for a new pavilion in the park can be completed, and the contractor has stated that he would be ready to begin. Members felt that a permanent pavilion will make the park that much more attractive for use by the public. It can be reserved for special events for a small fee, by going to the town clerk’s office. Several weddings have been held in the gazebo already.

Election of officers was held during the meeting. No additional candidates were nominated, and the current officers were re-elected to their positions. Co-presidents are Linda Bish and Shirley Leyman, secretary is Rose Mary Carver, and treasurer is Steve Stanton. All thanked the group for the continued trust placed in them.

Leyman reported on her meeting with members of the Conewango Watershed group. They had asked if Kennedy Pride would like to be involved in clean up along the Conewango Creek through Kennedy. She said what they are talking about is having volunteers do surface work, picking up litter along the shoreline, as well as volunteers in small boats retrieving light debris in the creek itself. Their group would provide liability insurance. They would also supply gloves, trash bags and other clean-up items. Later in the summer is considered an ideal time to hold a daylong clean-up effort. Leyman stated that she would attend the next watershed group meeting to find out more. This is something in which the whole community could get involved. The Conewango is an under-utilized resource in our area, the watershed committee feels, and that getting communities involved in taking care of it could spur its use by visitors to the communities it flows through.

The next regular meeting of Kennedy Pride will be held on Wednesday, April 17, at 6:30 p.m. in the Kennedy Free Library. Everyone is invited to come, and to offer ideas about community projects.