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Scouts Gift Little Library to Clarkson

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Good Neighbor News!
In early spring the Clarkson Town Board was approached by Girl Scout Troop 60233 with the idea of building a Little Library for the town. With this project they will achieve the Silver Award, the highest award a Girl Scout Cadette can earn, demonstrating they are leaders, organized, determined, and dedicated to improving your community. Little libraries have become popular and grew out of the simple idea of “give a book, take a book” exchanges, usually in a small enclosed case and placed in a public area for easy access by residents.

As the town board meeting continued with discussion about the specifics of the project, Chad Fabry, building inspector for the town was also in attendance. He old those present that a few years prior he had purchased the former Swan Library in the Village of Albion and then generously offered to start the little library out with books from this historic building. The Town Board was enthusiastic and gladly accepted this project on behalf of the residents. Hafner Park was identified as the ideal location and Councilperson Christa Filipowicz would be the liaison for the project and assist with logistics.

Girls Scouts Kate Bieler, McKenna Nicholls and Julia Nenni then began working on the little library. They designed the weatherproof structure details, learned to use various power tools, chalk lines, caulking and nail guns. The result is a beautifully painted little library with a park-like flower theme. The windowed door provides a glimpse at the books inside. In addition to the Clarkson library they are also building a library for Hamlin Beach that will have a beach landscape painting, and another for the Sweden Clarkson Recreation Center that will have a sports theme decor.

Nenni stated there were many cookie sales to raise the money needed for the three libraries, and both Stull Lumber and Lowes donated materials and supplies. In addition, the troop wrote letters to other Girls Scout troops describing their project and asking for donations of books. Troop leaders Vikki Nenni, Roxanne Bieler, and Renee Nicholls are proud of their troop’s accomplishments which also included the bench at the Clarkson’s Memorial Park on Ridge Road, created for their Bronze Award.

Last week the completed library was delivered to Bob Viscardi, highway superintendent, for installation on the walking bridge into the childrens playground. Join us for the unveiling of the Little Library, Tuesday August 21 at 5:30PM during Good Neighbor Days.

Clarkson Good Neighbor Days

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Chairperson Jackie Smith and her committee are working hard to put together a great Good Neighbor Day Celebration on Friday, August 24. New this year are the other activities around town leading up to the event. They include:
Sunday, August 19 – Tour the Historical Clarkson Schoolhouse at 2pm .
Wednesday, August 22 – Red Cross Community Blood Drive coordinated by Sharon Mattison, town clerk located at Hafner Lodge 2-6pm.

Thursday, August 23 – Fill the (Highway) Truck Food Drive coordinated by Bob Viscardi, highway superintendent. Fill our truck with non-perishable goods so we can help neighbors by filling the food shelf. All day.

Friday, August 24 – Good Neighbor Day Celebration coordinated by Jackie Smith, town board. Loads of activities for families. Kids will enjoy the silly frog jumping contest at 7pm, outdoor movie “Despicable Me 3‘ at dusk followed by a great fireworks display! Be sure to eat dinner at the festival– great food will be served by the Lions Club and Abbotts will be there with ice cream.
There will also be music all afternoon and into the evening with the music of Warren & Friends Trio from 4-6pm followed by local favorite Josie Waverly 6:30-8:30pm. Oh.. and don’t forget the classic car show too!

Saturday, August 25 – Get the family out to run or walk the Swift Comet 5K Race hosted by the Clarkson Historical Society.

Recycling & Sustainability News

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World Food Day Poster Contest

Join the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations in celebrating World Food Day on October 16. 2018 to bring awareness to the 815 milion people that stull suffer from hunger across the nation.

Pledge to Fight Wasted Food

Did you know that 40% of the food produced in the United States goes uneaten?
Wasting food wastes everything including water, labor, fuel, money and love.
The New York State Association of Reduction, Reuse, and Recycling (NYSSAR#) is currently leading a statewide food recovery campaign to reduce wasted food, redirect surplus food to hungry New Yorkers, and to recycle remaining food scraps.

Together we can take actions at home that will reduce the amount of wasted food in New York State. Join the New York State Food Recovery Campaign in taking the Pledge to Fight Wasted Food!

San Souci Park – Smallest Town Park on the Erie Canal

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San Souci Park

Many residents know about the busy boat launch and park on the Erie Canal, but not many know that this is owned by the Town of Clarkson. San Souci Park (French for ‘without worry’) is located just north of Route 31 at 4159 County Line Road, Brockport.

The park along with a wonderful pavilion, were built by Clarkson’s uber talented highway staff. Not only is the public boat launch a busy place, it is frequented by walkers and bike riders traveling along the Erie Canal, as well as those seeking a calm place to picnic, read, or just relax.

We’re guessing it probably has one of the smallest frontages on the canal but it sure packs in a lot of amenities, including plentiful parking.