SHERMAN – Less than a month remains before the hair on Sherman Mayor John Patterson’s head will fall to the ground.
“My wife’s got it counted down,” Patterson said at a recent regular village council meeting. “She says even if no one pulls the winning ticket, she will take the shears to me herself.”
Patterson has been growing his hair for nearly a year in what has become known as the “Shave the Mayor” campaign. Tickets are being sold for the chance to cut the locks from his head during the Sherman Day festival on Aug. 2.
Once all of the strands have fallen, one more “winner” will be drawn who will have the opportunity to shave the mayor completely bald.
The campaign has raised approximately $2,200 so far. The council allocated $1,250 of that to the Sherman Day Committee. The remainder of what is raised will be donated to Roswell Park Cancer Institute.
“Every dollar we make will go to cancer research,” Patterson said. “We are hoping that in this last month we can receive a substantial increase in what we can give to them.”
The village has sold pink “Shave the Mayor” T-shirts as part of the campaign. Patterson said a beautician from North East, Pennsylvania, who was a former student of his, has volunteered to dye his hair pink before the event to help promote it.
Pink is the color used in cancer awareness and research campaigns, especially breast cancer. It is considered to be representative of health and vibrancy and therefore a symbol of cancer survival.
“I’m happy to do what I can to make a few more dollars for the cause,” Patterson said.
In other business, village clerk Ann Gilbert told the council that she has been in contact with Sarah Phearsdorf of Southern Tier West about the possibility of setting up a website for the village. The website would be maintained daily by STW, she said.
“Any day they are open, they will make changes and maintain it, which is a whole lot better than we had before,” she said.
Gilbert said the website would cost an initial $250 to set it up and $150 per year to maintain it. She suggested that the village share the site and costs with the town of Sherman. The council agreed to pursue this option.
Gilbert also told the council that she has been in touch with Tom Becker of the USDA to finalize the village’s grant and loan that will be used to purchase a loader and a snowplow truck. The council approved a motion to place the old equipment for sale by bid as long as the bid price exceeds the government buy-back value.
The village also voted to waive a 30-day liquor waiting period for Sandy Kochanowski, who plans to open a bar on Hart Street.
“Since we are trying to encourage business, I recommend we waive it and let it get going,” Patterson said.
Wastewater and sewer plant manager Jay Irwin told the council that he received $1,000 from a sale of scrap. He said the money will be used to finish the secondary beds, and for a flagpole and flag at the treatment plant.