Bellefonte Historical and Cultural Association
Bellefonte, Pennsylvania
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BHCA Meeting
May 2, 2014, 7 PM
Bellefonte Art Museum

Present: Keith Koch, President, Jim Dunne, Secretary, Dave Eggler, Treasurer, Jeanne Newlin, Gay Dunne, Joseph Griffin, Joanne Tosti-Vasey, Patrick North, True Fisher, Arthur Curtze, Mary Vollero, Gretchen Hyle. Aquorum was in attendance as defined by the BHCA Bylaws.

Minutes - Minutes of 3/21/14 were approved (Joanne T.V., Joseph).

Treasurer’s Report (Dave Eggler, click here for the report) - Treasurer’s report approved (Joanne, Jeanne).

Committee Reports:
Summer Sounds: There will be 10 concerts this year.
Click here for the poster/schedule

Sunday Afternoons at the Library (Jim): Sundays, 2:30 PM at CC Library & Historical Museum
       May 18, Nittany Wind Quintet with Cecilia Dunoyer, piano

Gallery at the Gamble Mill:
      Art of the Bellefonte Schools
- April 12 - May 31, Reception 7-9 pm, Monday, May 2
      Watercolor 4 Now - May 31 - September 13, Reception 7-9 pm, Tuesday, June 10, 4 watercolor artists
      Off the Wall - September - January 10, 2015, Reception 7-9 pm, Tuesday, September 23, 3 dimensional art, sculpture - on and off the wall

Bellefonte Victorian Christmas: The middle school and the elementary school venues will be integrated into one venue at the middle school.

Poetry (Julia, Colina) - Out Loud” poetry and literary readings and discussions at the Bellefonte Art Museum (BAM) cosponsored by BHCA and BAM. The last reading on 4/25 was Becky Rumble’s (student teacher) 9th grade class presenting to 15+ people. The poetry committee requested support for refreshments. A motion to approve $50 per event, $250 total (Joanne, Joseph) passed unanimously.

     Fridays, 7:30 PM at the Bellefonte Art Museum
          May 16 (Bellefonte Poetry Collective, Bib Polak)
          June 20, Sept. 19, Oct. 17

Edible Landscape Garden - Jim & Chris Murell will remove sod and rototill the new addition to the garden on Saturday, 5/3. On Saturday, 5/10 at 1 PM, a work crew will spread top soil and replace bricks at the new margin.

Talleyrand Park Committee (True) - A $12000 grant will fund a new mud-sill on the north bank of Spring Creek upstream from the pedestrian bridge, and log retainers on the south side. The work will be done after the summer Arts and Crafts Fair. Native shrubs will be planted in the same area. The Borough is considering relocating the old storage building from the Bush House site to the new addition of the Talleyrand Park, probably near Snappy’s.

Historic Preservation Committee (Jeanne) - Jeanne spent time with Sue Hannegan reviewing her 1994 survey of 52 less well known properties plus photographs of every property in the Historic District. Since the work was publicly funded, it should be availabe to the public. Jeanne would like to see it online, and Patrick suggested an interactive website. Erin Hammerstedt did a thorough documentation of the industrial sites on the waterfront. “Industrial Heritage of the Bellefonte Waterfront District” is available on the Borough website - click here for that series

Bylaws - The Bylaws which were presented to the BHCA membership via email on April 10, 2014 were adopted unimously. The new bylaws are in effect from the time of passage. Two amendments will be considered at the next meeting.

New Business:
BHCA/Bellefonte Art Museum Cooperation
: We discussed ways in which the two organizations could cooperate. Several proposals were discussed. A task force was appointed (Jim, Gay, Patrick, True) to work with the Museum on the details.

Upcoming Borough Meetings (All in Council chambers)

Borough Council (2nd & 4th Mondays 7:30 PM; Work Session, 6:30 PM)
     May 19, June 2, June 16, July 7, July 21, August 4, August 18

Planning Commission (4th Monday 5 PM )
Tuesday, May 27, June 30, July 28, August 25

HARB (2nd & 4th Tuesdays, 8:30 AM)
     May 13, May 27, June 10, June 24, July 8, July 22, August 12, August 26

BAIDA (2nd Tuesday, 6 PM)
     May 14, June 11, July 9, August 13

Borough Authority (1st Tuesday, 6PM)
     June 3, July 9, August 5

Next BHCA Meeting - TBA.

Jim Dunne, Secretary