Westmoreland is a bigger town than people often realize, with over 6,100 people at the last census. But it’s a one-party town and that’s not healthy for democracy.
So, all of us on the Westmoreland Democratic committee are trying to change that. We got off to a great start under the leadership of our past chair, James Novak who (we’re so proud to say) has stepped down to work on his doctorate in physical therapy at Utica College. Our new chair, Beth Edwards, has been telling me how she’s looking forward to “meeting with other people from the Westmoreland area whose political leanings are similar to (hers).”
We’re all looking forward to that. We want to meet you. We want to tell you how you can be involved and be part of democracy. On Friday, April 13 we’re having a “Meet & Greet” at 6 p.m. at the Westmoreland Volunteer Fire Department, 101 Station Road. We’ll have cake, and food, and not only will you get a chance to hear my stories (ha ha) you can meet other local Democratic candidates for office including Oneida County Sheriff Rob Maciol, Jessica Reynolds-Amuso, who’s running for Oneida County Family Court Judge, Chris Salatino and Marianne Buttenschon who are running for New York State Assembly, Chad Davis, Oneida County legislator and Margaret Leone who is our tax collector.
One of the highlights of the event will be our presentation of the Westmoreland Democrats Lifetime Achievement Award to Margaret’s mom, Marjory Mahanna, who served for many years as our town’s tax collector. Something else to look forward to is the chance to meet Jon Lipe who is part of the campaign to elect Anthony Brindisi to Congress. Jon will be there to answer questions and give out information.
Denise told me that when she found out that the Westmoreland Democrats was being revitalized last year, she immediately decided to join and make a difference. She hopes that “lots of residents from Westmoreland come to join us, to meet candidates running in 2018 and hopefully getting more involved in the democratic process. Also, its a great opportunity to register to vote!”
Be part of the all the excitement, come to meet us and share your ideas, concerns, and tell us what you’d like to see happen in our red, white, and blue (and Westmo green) town.
For more information, Like the Westmoreland Democrats at www.facebook.com/westmodemocrats/ and Follow us at Twitter.com/westmodemocrats.
Mark your calendars for Sunday, June 10 from 1-3 p.m. when the Westmoreland Historical Society will be presenting the second annual “The Schoolhouse Celebrates Flag Day.” We’re seeking sponsorship from area businesses as well as volunteers to help us plan a fun event with entertainment, activities, refreshments and tours of our famous one-room schoolhouse.
We’re interested in your ideas for how we can celebrate the holiday and we want to invite you to be involved in the planning for this community wide event. Check our page at Facebook.com/WestmorelandHistoricalSociety for updates or call me at 315-886-2665 for more information.
In the weeks to come I’ll be telling you about some upcoming exciting upcoming events I’m involved with, but for now just mark your calendars for Saturday June 2, the date of the Westmoreland Town Pool’s Chicken BBQ and craft fair with live music. It starts at 10 a.m. in the Westmoreland Town Park on Stop 7 Road.
I’ve just been initiated in the Clinton-Hampton (Westmoreland) Masonic Lodge and we’re also having a Chicken BBQ sometime around Memorial Day Weekend. I’ll let you know when I have more details. I’m sure there will be more great ways to kick off the summer in Westmoreland. I’ll keep you posted. #BeMoreInvolved #BeMoreLocalBusiness #BeMoreWestmo.
Ron Klopfanstein is a 7th generation Westmoreland native, president of the Westmoreland Historical Society, board member of the Westmoreland Town Pool, and a 1st degree Westmoreland Mason. He teaches English at Utica College and Mohawk Valley Community College. Like him at Facebook.com/BeMoreWestmo and follow him at Twitter.com/BeMoreWestmo.