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Yorker Museum in need of ‘serious help’

November 16, 2011
SHERMAN — Members of the Chautauqua Region Community Foundation have been meeting with Mayor John Patterson about Sherman’s Yorker Museum.

Possible grants are available to help the museum, as its roof is in need of repair. Patterson said at the November board meeting, which was held on Nov. 2, he is interested in getting a group of people together to help rebuild and repair the roof in the spring of 2012.

“I’ll get a crew together,” Patterson said. “We’ll get up there, lay it out and put it on.”

The Chautauqua Region Community Foundation is a nonprofit, community corporation created by and for the people of Chautauqua County.

“We are here to help our donors make a positive impact on their community by establishing a ‘bridge’ between the donor and charitable activities,” the foundation’s website states. Last year, CRCF awarded approximately $2.2 million in grants in the areas of arts, civic enrichment, education and social and human services.

“This museum is going to come back to life,” Patterson said.

The contract involving the placement of solar panels on the sewer department/highway department has been signed and approved for a 15 year lease. Patterson mentioned the possibility of investigating in smaller wind turbines to back up solar panels in order to generate power. Patterson has been doing his homework, asking around about wind turbines and speaking with people about positive and negative aspects of investing in the alternative energy source.

“There are several options here,” Patterson said.

A tobacco-free outdoor community program was brought up at the board meeting, with free fliers available to the village board to be posted in parks, playgrounds, beaches and anywhere with jurisdiction. The idea was shot down by board members.

“I think it’s overkill,” trustee Mary Reyda said.

“I can’t see taking that away from people…they know,” Gary Yonker said.

National Grid representative Brian Skinner recently sent Patterson a letter about a possible grant to replace the massive amount of trees ruined in Sherman in the storm of 1998. Over 100 trees are available to choose from in the grant, but the village would have to purchase and plant the trees. Instead of applying for the grant, village board members decided to investigate purchasing trees from a local nursery in the spring.

Isaac Grotto of Sherman was sworn in as trustee at the board meeting on Nov. 2, replacing Dan Cotts for the following five months.

Village offices are to be filled at the March elections as the trustee position currently held by Mary Reyda will then be vacant.

“I’m hoping Mary will run again,” Patterson said.

John Aldridge and Hazel Halter have resigned from their positions in the Sherman Historical Society as of Oct. 25.

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Photo by Katie Atkins
Members of the Sherman Town Board, clockwise from left to right, Gary Yonker, Bill Wiggers, John Patterson, Ann Gilbert, Isaac Grotto and Mary Reyda discuss the needs of the Yorker Museum Nov. 2 at their last meeting.



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