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Memorial Dedicated to Sally Hopper

Troop 387 Boy Scouts and leaders gathered recently to dedicate a bench and tree in Sally Hopper’s memory in Galena’s Miller Park.

Boy scouts and leaders, Galena Village council and staff members, family, and friends gathered recently to dedicate a bench and weeping cherry tree in Miller Park in memory of Sally Hopper to commemorate her long service to scouting, the Village, and her country.

Boy Scout Troop 387 purchased and installed the bench and planted the tree to commemorate Hopper’s nearly 13 years of exceptional service as a Cub Scouts den leader and pack treasurer and Boy Scout Troop 387 assistant scout master and treasurer.

Hopper was very involved in scouting and served on staff for Webelos Woods which is an introduction from Cub Scouts to Boy Scouts. She earned the Green Bar and Wood Badge, advanced scout leader training. Hopper also served on the staff of the Boy Scouts National Youth Leadership Training (NYLT), an annual leadership camp held for senior scouts. She accompanied the troop to scouting events at Ft. George, Dorchester, and West Point and to every troop summer camp until she became ill.

Hopper’s sons, Andrew and Zachary, have been involved in scouting since first grade. Andrew is an Eagle Scout and Zachary is an Eagle Scout candidate.

Hopper, who passed away in April after a two-year battle with cancer, served 21 years in the Navy and Navy Reserves. She also served nearly 30 years as Galena’s Zoning and Planning Clerk.

Ross Estates Annexation & Rezoning

At the Village of Galena’s June meeting, Council held a public hearing and first readings on legislation for the Ross Estates annexation and rezoning request for five acres on Old 3C Highway. A Common Access Driveway (CAD) subdivision with five lots is planned including an existing house just north of the Walnut Creek Trail. The hearing was continued to the July 24 Council meeting.

Replacement Tax Levy

Council held first readings on legislation to determine the tax valuation for a replacement two-mill property tax levy and to place the four-year levy on the November ballot. This is the same two-mills currently collected for operating expenses. Council lacked a super majority to pass the legislation, so they scheduled a special meeting for July 10 at 7 p.m.

Council Action

Legislation to approve a funding change for the countywide Emergency Management Agency was tabled on its third reading.

Property Maintenance

During the Zoning and Planning report, Council inquired about property maintenance issues particular to landlords and tenants. Mayor Thomas Hopper explained that landlords with property maintenance problems have been cited with violations. Correcting tenant issues is between the tenant and the landlord, not the Village.

The Village cites property owners and the Village will be taking those who have not corrected their violations to court shortly. Administrator Jeanna Burrell and Solicitor Ken Molnar explained that Ohio law favors the tenant and it can take a landlord a year or more to evict a bad tenant. Many take advantage of this situation.


Healthy News

Delaware General Health District Commissioner Shelia Hiddleson addressed Council about ongoing mosquito prevention efforts. To date, West Nile Virus has not been detected in the county. Interns are monitoring mosquito traps, conducting drive by observations for standing water, and applying larvicide on public and private property. Hiddleson reminds everyone to dump standing water at least once a week.

Hiddleson also said the Youth Risk Behavior Survey was completed with all middle and high schools in the county. Community Health Surveys will be sent out county-wide this fall.

Galena Dates

The following are Village Council and committee meeting dates as well as other local events. Village meetings are open to the public and are at 7 p.m. in the Galena Village Hall, 109 Harrison St., unless otherwise stated.

July 19 Zoning & Planning Commission

July 21 Trash Day

July 24 Council Meeting

July 28 Chipper Day, Trash Day

Chipper Days

The Village offers a free monthly chipping service on the last Friday of each month, May through October.

When placing limbs at the curb, please follow these guidelines:

  • Stack limbs in a straight pile cut side toward the street;
  • No longer than 4 feet;
  • 4” limbs or smaller; and,
  • No more than seven days before Chipper Day.

This service is only for tree limbs.

Hazardous or other items will be left for your disposal.

Cemetery Committee

The Cemetery Committee has reviewed rules and fees and will be finalizing a recommendation soon. They also reviewed new products the Village could offer such as a cremation niche wall that would maximize the limited space left.

The Galena Historic Foundation

The Galena Historic Foundation’s meetings are on the fourth Wednesdays of the month at 7:30 p.m. in the Galena Village Hall at 109 Harrison Street. New members are always welcome. The foundation greatly appreciates any Galena historical artifact or monetary donations.

Contact Vice President John Bland at 740-965-2081 or email him at for more information. Like them on Facebook:


Summerfest is coming August 26 with this exciting lineup of bands:

Hurricane Jerry; Whiskey Driver; Fox Valley Harvest; Willie Phoenix; and, Tami Knight & From Roads to Roots.

Sunbury’s Sizzle and Sounds festival organizers chose to move their event to another weekend, so you’ll be able to spend all day at Summerfest enjoying the beer garden, food, vendors, and wagon rides.

The KidZone is back again this year at Journey Fellowship and will feature lots of fun with bouncy houses, pony rides, face painting, a balloon artist, and caricatures.

Follow Summerfest on facebook for the latest details or visit

Staff Report

Information for this story was provided by the Village of Galena.

Information for this story was provided by the Village of Galena.