GAMBIER — Holidays and festivals were the hot topic at Monday’s meeting of the Gambier Village Council.
In his report to council, Mayor Kirk Emmert said Arbor Day will be on April 30. Gambier Tree Commissionor Jerry Kelly will visit Wiggin Street School and talk to fourth- and fifth-grade students about next year’s project to map the trees on school grounds using GPS. Following the talk, Kelly will hold a tree planting ceremony with all of Wiggin Street School’s students.
The annual Earth Day Challenge Marathon and festival was part of Suzanne Hopkins’ administrator’s report. She said the marathon and festival will be April 25. The marathon will begin at 5 a.m. and run until 3 p.m. The festival will follow the marathon.
Council debated what to do about the village’s Fourth of July Parade and community picnic. The holiday falls on a Sunday this year, and members were concerned the parade and naming of the Citizen of the Year would conflict with church schedules. After considering moving the starting time to 1 p.m. from the traditional 11 a.m., or having the festivities on July 3, council compromised by moving the starting time to 12:30 p.m. on Sunday.