By Martha Jacob
The village of Sardinia has a lot to offer its residents, and resident Tina Townes is working hard to make Sardinia all that it can be. She has been working diligently with members of Sardinia Council and Sardinia Mayor Greg Cassidy. “I love this village and I believe it’s a wonderful place to raise a family,” Townes said. “I know big things are coming to this village. It’s not going to happen all at once, I know it’s going to take time and it’s going to take money and it’s going to take people getting involved, to get Sardinia back on the map. I would love to bring back Founders Day to our village and I believe eventually that will happen. “We had a great Easter Egg Hunt this year, and even though it snowed and got really cold we still had over 55 registered kids and a few others show up. We raffled off two bicycles, the Easter bunny showed up and the kids all said they had a great time.” Townes said that she is also a member of the village planning commission and she looks forward to bringing back some of the events residents used to enjoy so much. She said she doesn’t want to go to other villages with her family to have fun. She wants those events to happen in her own village. “I know all these changes aren’t going to happen overnight,” Townes said, “But I do believe we can turn this village around. The car show we had a couple years ago drew in 89 vehicles, last year we had 116 cars and it’s looking like we’re going to have about 200 this year. Now that is exciting. It was sponsored by the planning committee. I am the secretary of the committee and my husband is the president and we have a lot of local residents who help with that.” Townes said she loves Sardinia and is a strong believer in supporting local businesses. She said she always did her grocery shopping at Martins Grocery when it was still open in the village and she only buys her gas in Sardinia. “I support all our local businesses and I believe all our residents should support local businesses. I was raised to believe that you stay in your hometown and you do your business in your hometown whenever possible. It’s just the right thing to do. When you stay local you’re giving to your own community.” Townes said she has lived in Sardinia, off and on for more than 20 years. She is the treasurer of the Sardinia American Legion and is very active and helped with the upcoming Independence Day Celebration behind the local library. She is also in the process of building the Village Facebook account. The site is Village of Sardinia.com and invites everyone to check it out. “I would like for residents to share things with me so I can copy and paste it on our facebook page,” Townes said, “This facebook page will help us all stay connected and be a close community like it should be, like the good old days. We are all very proud of the beautiful military banners now hanging throughout the village. Our American Legion is responsible for making them a reality. We have 66 banners up with 12 more that just came in and still others on order. “The village administration has been very supportive, but the American Legion Auxiliary actually raised the money and made it happen. Tim Mock, Sardinia Administrator, members of the fire department and some other residents got them all put up, so we are grateful.” Townes said the commission is planning to have a 9/11 event this year in Sardinia to help people remember the tragedy of the twin tower terrorism event. In October, the commission is planning a big Halloween event following trick or treat night. In the months to come, the planning commission will be notifying residents of upcoming events. She encourages residents to visit the facebook site for daily updates.