Sharon Nichols steps down

Sharon Nichols has retired from the Palermo Community Library Board of Trustees, of which she was been a member and chair since 2014.

In its announcement, the board said Sharon “leaves an indelible mark on the library, both in function and form.”

“Functionally,” the announcement said, “she elevated the library’s standards to ensure it has been consistently designated as a certified public library by making sure it was in compliance with all regulations. And with her vision and grant-writing skills, her imprint on the physical form of the library will be enduring, from paving the parking lot and drilling a well, to getting new computers and a 3-D printer.

“The most impressive marriage of vision and grants, however, was in securing funding to install air conditioning and an automatic generator, which resulted in the invaluable community service of providing a Warming, Cooling, and Charging Center for Palermo.”

The trustees accepted Sharon’s resignation with deep regret and gratitude for her service. They presented her an orchid plant as a thank-you gift.

Community Garden needs your help

The Palermo Community Garden has a chance to win seed money in a 30-day online competition that ends Dec. 15. Run by volunteers, the garden supplies over 350 pounds of organic produce each growing season to the Palermo Food Pantry.

Depending on how much the Community Garden raises in donations by the 15th, it could win up to $1,000 from the SeedMoney Challenge. To help with a tax-deductible contribution, go to For more info, call Connie at 993-2294.