NEWS RELEASE: Chittenango Lions Club CONTACT: Warren "Pat" Jerome 687-9585
DATE OF RELEASE: May 1, 2008 TOPIC: "Community Betterment Day 2008"




Continuing a quarter of a century of tradition, a dozen Chittenango Lions again joined other village groups on Saturday April 26th to take part in the annual Community betterment Day. Each year the Lions take responsibility to work on three areas: Kirschenheiter Park, Stickles Park, and the Erie Canal Launch. Work this year consisted of raking, removing trash, picking up the brush and preparing the Stickles Park gazebo for future painting. Lion Dick Sullivan was chairperson assisted by Nelson Smith and Maureen Smith. All togetherthere were 14 Lions who represented the Club that day on work projects.

Lions Remember - two Lions, Pat and Louise Jerome, stand in front of the Kirschenheiter Park sign in Hickory Estates on Chittenango's Community Betterment Day, April 26th.  The park was developed by the village and the Lions in early 1980 and named in memory of Fred Kirschenheiter, who was a Lion, a Chittenango High School teacher, and a coach as well as a Village Board member.  He passed away in 1980.  Lion Pat has worked on Community Betterment Day in that park each year since it was built and Lion Louise since she became a Lion in 2000.  Lion Greg Ellstrom, a friend, a teaching colleague of Fred, and a long time resident of Hickory Estates is also usually present on this special day in the community.

Cleaning up the Park - Lions Louise Jerome, Peter Owens, Charles Grover, and Greg Ellstrom take a break after two hours of raking and removing debris around Kirschenheiter Park during Chittenango's Community Betterment Day.  Not pictured is Lion Pat Jerome.

A cleaner Boat Launch - Pictured above are Chittenango Lions Dick Steinbach, Jim English, Mike Lynch, and Pete Stevens after a break, ready to return to work, at the Chittenango Boat Launch area on the Erie Canal during Community Betterment Day.  The Club annually removes debris and cleans up the area.  Not in the photo Lion Glen Stevens painting the guard rail on the road near the site.

Always something to do - Pictured above standing on tn the Chittenango Village Gazebo in Stickles Park are Lions Ed Maum, Jack Kern, Linda Llewellyn, Buck LeMessurier, and Buck's grandson Tyler McCarthy on Community Betterment Day.  They raked the park and prepared the gazebo for future painting.  Not in the photo was Lion Dick Montross.  The Lion's Club, along with the village, take responsibility for maintaining the gazebo annually.  Back in 1972 the Lions and Chittenango Rotary Clubs moved the Gazebo from Bridgeport to its present location.