Revitalize Keeseville group is still going strong

— In Oct. 2011, a group of more than 60 people gathered with a single goal in mind—to revitalize Keeseville.

It’s now almost one year later, and the Revitalize Keeseville group is still going strong.

And, according to Steven Engelhart, the group’s unofficial leader, they’ve accomplished a lot.

“The farmers market is a good example,” Engelhart said. “It was really done by about two or three people here. This group has been instrumental in marketing it, getting people to attend it and in supporting it.”

Even though the Sept. 19 meeting only reeled in about a dozen people, everyone contributed to the conversation.

Despite the decrease in attendance—the meetings once packed the Grange Hall on Main Street in Keeseville with enthusiastic citizens—Engelhart isn’t concerned.

“There’s different ways people can contribute to what we’re trying to do than just attend meetings,” Engelhart said. “I’m pleased that for a relatively small group we’ve been able to advance five or six initiatives. Not all of them got done this year but all of them are moving forward.”

Engelhart added that many of the people who attended the recent meeting are committed to Revitalize Keeseville and have barely missed any of the group’s monthly meetings.

“The size of the group has definitely shrunk, but now there’s a hard-core, hard-working core, and we are still getting people added to our email string who want to know what’s going on,” Engelhart said.

There were some new faces at the meeting, too.

Michael Burgess, who moved to the area from Philadelphia in mid-July, saw a flier and decided to attend.

After the meeting, he commented that he is happy to live in an area where the people get involved with the community.

“It’s wonderful to see citizens coming out to engage in dialog and ideas to make Keeseville great,” Burgess said. “This meeting was very positive, and Keeseville certainly has a bright future.”

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