Town of Galena hon­ors its vol­un­teers and staff

Kent County News - - NEWS - By LEANN SCHENKE lschenke@thekent­coun­

GALENA — Galena com­mu­nity mem­bers gath­ered at the fire­house Satur­day, Feb. 25 for the an­nual Vol­un­teer Ap­pre­ci­a­tion Din­ner.

Mayor Sam Sessa took the time to thank and honor mem­bers of the com­mu­nity for their on­go­ing work within the town. He thanked the au­di­ence for their ef

forts to help the town grow, the han­dling of is­sues con­cern­ing Galena’s new waste­water treat­ment plant and ideas and ef

forts to deal with traf­fic is­sues. “It has been an honor to work with all of you,” Sessa said Satur­day. “It has re­ally been my plea­sure get­ting to work with the com­mu­nity in this town.”

Fol­low­ing the up­dates on the town, Sessa called up mem­bers of the au­di­ence to thank them for all they do within the town and to present them with do­na­tions.

Sessa pre­sented do­na­tions to the Kent County Pub­lic Li­brary’s North Branch lo­cated in town, the Galena Vol­un­teer Fire Com­pany, the Kent County Com­mu­nity March­ing Band and the Dog­wood Fes­ti­val Com­mit­tee.

The fire com­pany is 75 years old this year and an­nounced it recently found its orig­i­nal fire en­gine, which is owned pri­vately.

Mem­bers of the fire com­pany also re­ceived praise from both the mayor and the au­di­ence.

Coun­cil­man John Car­roll spoke briefly at the din­ner thank­ing Sessa.

“It’s a plea­sure to work with you here on the coun­cil,” Car­roll said. “I know it’s not easy some­times, but some­one has to do the job and you do a very good job at it.”

Sessa called up Bar­bara Shaw and ac­knowl­edged her for her work in the town as clerk and trea­surer, and for or­ga­niz­ing the din­ner.

Sessa also rec­og­nized vol­un­teers new to the an­nual din­ner by pre­sent­ing them with a Town of Galena pin.

“He is do­ing so well, it amazes me,” Coun­cil­man Harry Pis­apia said of Sessa Satur­day. “We are in a town where they take care of you. … We have that type of town here where peo­ple are will­ing to help you when you are down.”

The catered din­ner in­cluded a buf­fet with desserts and a cash bar. The Rev. David Kel­ley of Olivet United Methodist Church opened the din­ner with a prayer for the town and com­mu­nity.

Fol­low­ing the din­ner and de­liv­ery of checks, Sessa ended the evening by thank­ing the vol­un­teers and town of­fi­cials for their ef­forts in im­prov­ing Galena and help­ing it to grow.


Galena Coun­cil­man Harry Pis­apia, left, re­ceives a check from Mayor Sam Sessa dur­ing the town’s an­nual Vol­un­teer Ap­pre­ci­a­tion Din­ner at the Galena fire­house Satur­day.

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