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Montour group promotes village

MONTOUR FALLS—The Montour Falls Improvement Association is looking to promote both Montour Falls and its historical places of interest.
Members of MFIA and some of the public met Wednesday, June 23, to discuss what projects the group has engineered. Group President Phil Gillemot explained that over the last five years MFIA has worked on a number of projects to attract people to Montour Falls using the village’s many historical buildings.
One of the most recent ways MFIA is trying to get more people aware of the Glorious T, the central hub of those buildings, is to spread the word about the self-guided walking tour and cell phone tour. Brochures for both are available, but will be more accessible in holders out around the Main/Genesee Street intersection. Gillemot said the cell phone tour has been available since August of last year, but usage of it has been limited.
By dialing a number on one’s cell phone, a person is able to take a tour of the Glorious T and hear about 25 locations, including the village hall, She-Qua-Gua Falls, and a former residence of Charles Cook. The tour takes approximately 25 minutes, and the only fee is what it costs to make the call.
Gillemot said MFIA is also working with the Montour House visitor’s center/coffee house. He said the group is keeping the center stocked with brochures from village businesses.
MFIA also has several potential projects in the works. Gillemot said the group is involved with the Transportation Enhancements Program (TEP) grant the village was awarded. He explained the monies would be used to beautify around the intersection at West Main Street/Route 14. Gillemot said MFIA would like to use the funds to pay for things like bike racks, signage and maybe a clock.
The MFIA is hoping to be involved in arts events at the formal Rural Urban Center when it is renovated into commercial and housing spaces. Gillemot added some members are interested in a Craft Fiber Center.
At the meeting, past accomplishments were also discussed. Gillemot said one was helping get a law about demolition drafted and passed by the village board. He said that when a building had been torn down on Main Street, the rubble had sat around for too long.
The next MFIA meeting will be Wednesday, Sept. 22 at 7 p.m. in the Parish Hall on Genesee Street. The public is welcome.

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