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Canastota: Scouts seek project ideas

Members and leaders of Girl Scout Troop 250 looked to the village board to help them lead a community service project. They attended the regular meeting on Nov. 3 to seek suggestions and ask for partnership.

The scouts have until May to learn how to come up with a plan, organize it and bring it to fruition, said troop leader Kathleen Niles.

"The girls are journeying," Niles said, "which is something new for first-year juniors. We've revamped our curriculum."

Niles said they discussed going house to house collecting bottles and cans and giving the money to charity or picking up garbage along the highway, but the project is centers on leadership. What can we do? she asked.

Mayor Todd Rouse said they could beautify a park. He suggested an area behind three pine trees in Clark Park.

"You could add a bench, plant flowers or shrubbery," Rouse said. "Lay the plan out, get media coverage."

Trustee AnnMarie Rossi said the area near the new Little League sign could possibly be a place to plant flowers.

Troop leader Cherie Shabot said the path to the bathrooms at the Little League field was always muddy. And the bathrooms, which were built about 20 years ago, were not handicapped accessible. She suggested a portable toilet be brought in.

"I didn't know that the bathrooms were not handicapped accessible," Rouse said. "What needs to be done?"

"It's not wide enough for a chair to get into, the toilets need to be raised and a bar installed," she said.

Rouse said the village would be willing to help coordinate whatever project they chose and help with any equipment or financial shortfall they may have.

Public hearing set for sign revisions

A public hearing has been scheduled for Nov. 17 at 7 p.m. to here the publics input on revisions to the local law regarding signs placed in the village.

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