ANGOLA - VFW Commander Joseph Catalano led the Evans Democratic Club in the pledge to the flag at the November 2012 meeting at the VFW.
The club voted in favor of a motion to donate $100 to the VFW's Christmas Basket Fund. The VFW is collecting baskets for local needy families so they can enjoy a holiday meal. Last year the VFW gave out 211 baskets to the needy in our community.
A nominating committee was formed for officers for 2013: Robert Catalino (Town Democratic Chair), Cheryl Grassia and Joe Ianni. Town Chair Catalino reviewed the results of the 2012 election, including the large Democratic majority in Evans for many of the local elections. He analyzed the town-by-town numbers and voter reaction to the type of advertising relied on this past election.
The date for the Town Committee's annual meeting will be announced in the near future.
Town Board member Paul Cooper announced the Town Park's Department's Santa In The Park event on Dec. 8 from 6 to 8 p.m. There will be coloring contests, a hayride, cookies, hot chocolate and a visit from Santa. The house-decorating contest will be judged on Dec. 10.
The town board passed the fire department budget; there were cuts to the ambulance service. The water project is continuing with further paperwork. There was a presentation regarding the new development in Highland which will accommodate 54 new homes. Cooper estimates that 50,000-plus pounds of electronics have been kept out of landfills through the town's recycling program.
Town Clerk Jonica Dimartino reported collection of school taxes is ongoing. Unpaid bills will be tendered to the county for collection before resorting to assessment upon the homeowner's tax bills. Sales are continuing for fishing licenses and doe permits. Christmas In The Village will be held on the morning and afternoon of Dec. 8. The schedule will be in the Pennysaver.
Dimartino is approaching the fourth year of her term and is preparing for her 2013 re-election run. Town Board member Dennis Feldmann is approaching the second year of his two-year term and will be seeking re-election. The other town positions on the 2013 ballot are Town Justice and Highway Superintendent.
The next club meeting will be at the VFW on Dec. 18. Members will be asked to bring non-perishables for the VFW Christmas Basket Fund, plus a dish to pass for the club's Christmas Party.