By Matthew Saari

Amber Daigle wants to wipe the slate clean.

The young mother put out some feelers online recently, gauging the interest of locals in forming and participating in a group with the intended goal of bringing a community esprit-de-corps back to the Colored Slate Capital of the World.

Amber Daigle

“I’m really just looking for a group of people as passionate about their community as I am,” said Daigle.

The nascent group is scheduled to have its first meeting on Sunday, March 15 in the Pine Grove Diner on Quaker Street from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. The meeting’s intent, Daigle said, is to gather the opinion of locals and “tell me what they think is really necessary for our community.”

The origin of the notion is rooted in Daigle’s own personal life experience. During casual conversations with her friends, they noted that in most cases, many major and “fun” events require a drive of 45 minutes or more.

“To have any kind of fun we have to travel out of town,” said Daigle.

She also cited her six-month-old son as inspiration for wanting to bring a sense of community back to Granville.

With that mind, Daigle took to Facebook, posting she was intent on establishing a group which would organize “a cleanup crew to summer block parties and winter carnivals, to bring us back together as a community.”

The idea was well-received, with support flooding in almost immediately. As of press time, the had post garnered 39 reactions, 40 comments and was shared 10 times.

One such supporter was Granville Mayor Paul Labas.

“I’m super grateful for her contacting us,” said Labas. “That, for me, is for the benefit of Granville.”

Having been met with such support, Daigle then set about coming up with a name for her venture. After polling her comrades, the results were in and the general consensus, given the intent and Granville’s well-known industry, Clean Slate.

Although the group is only a couple weeks old, ideas are already percolating including the planting of flowers around the community, working out the logistics of public trash cans and a village-wide Easter egg hunt.

Daigle hopes that once word gets around, like-minded people of all ages will join together and lighten the load of an otherwise hefty task.

“I’m just a girl with a goal,” she said. “If I can lead by example, maybe more people in my generation will step forward.”



Read more in this week's Sentinel in newsstands now or click here to read right now with our e-edition.

Tags: , , , , , ,

Village’s public hearing continuing

Whitehall Municipal Center.

By PJ Ferguson The public hearing regarding the village’s comprehensive revitalization plan will remain open until Tuesday, April 14, as […]

N. Williams may stay closed

village board

By PJ Ferguson The section of North Williams Street that has been closed since September due to the damaged canal […]

Local slate company retools, makes PPE


Millennium Slate LLC is reopening and retooling its plant to make personal protective equipment (PPE) for the Covid-19 pandemic. On […]

Telescope offers production services, state remains mum


By Matthew Saari With COVID-19 cases continuing to mount, New York State is ignoring businesses fully capable of producing personal […]

Obituary: Maxine R. St. Claire

St.Claire, Max1 photo 2

    Whitehall- Maxine R. St. Claire, a devout catholic, loving wife, Mother, Grandmother and Great Grandmother, passed through the […]

Obituary: Kenneth Robert Johnson

Johnson obit photo

After a brave battle with COPD, Kenneth “Ken”, “Kenny” Robert Johnson, passed away at his home on Friday, March 20, […]

Gov. Cuomo, Main Street needs a hand from Albany


Covid-19 has completely changed the way we all live. But along with worrying about keeping themselves and their families healthy, […]

County faces financial ‘uncertainties’

The Washington County Board of Supervisors

By PJ Ferguson Washington County officials are clouded by financial uncertainties stemming from the COVID-19 pandemic with County Administrator Chris […]

School slated to resume soon, officials await state guidance

Whitehall High School

By PJ Ferguson As the news develops around the COVID-19 pandemic, the Whitehall Central School District faces some changes and […]

Obituary: David G. Morehouse

Morehouse updated obit photo

Fort Ann, NY – David G. Morehouse passed away at his Dad’s house on March 13, 2020, joining his parents […]

Low COVID-19 numbers in county due to lack of testing, officials say

Washington County has declared a state of emergency resulting in the closure of all non-essential departments.

By PJ Ferguson Washington County officials project that more positive cases of the novel coronavirus exist in the county than […]

Obituary: David J. Little

David Little obit photo

Middle Granville, NY – David J. Little, age 60, passed away on March 29, 2020 at his home, with his […]