Neighbor Spotlight: Sarah Bargmann
By Allison Flores
In its revival, the News-View Neighbor Spotlight features Sarah Bargmann, Friends of the Yorktown Public Library president, Keep Yorktown Beautiful member, and all-around community server.
Bargmann visited the News-View office to talk about past and future accomplishments, and what the Yorktown community means to her.
Bargmann made the move to the Yorktown area around 2005 and has made sure to become part of the community.
“I love to be involved no matter where I am,” said Bargmann. “You can’t do good things without good people around you and I’ve got a lot of good people around me.”
Working on projects like Toddler Time and the Summer Reading Program at the library, Bargmann has been president of Friends of the Yorktown Public Library since 2019.
“We’ve done a lot,” she stated. “Thanks to Jennifer Webb’s donations of Legos, we did Lego Club and we continued Toddler Time and amped up the Summer Reading Programs.”
With other plans in place for the summer months, unfortunately, with the outbreak of COVID-19, some projects are still pending.
Bargmann is also staying busy outdoors with Keep Yorktown Beautiful.
“We just did the planters [on Main Street], and we have plans for lights downtown, we’ve got plans for so much,” said Bargmann.
The organization keeps up with the city park area and has also come up with proactive ways to help minimize upkeep for flowerbeds around the town like adding in sprinklers or rock-based beds.
The latest venture Bargmann is perusing is the Denim and Diamonds Gala set for Aug. 1 that will work to benefit the Friends of the Library, Keep Yorktown Beautiful, and the Yorktown Historical Society.
“The last few years, it’s been my dream to put on a gala for the whole community–not just to do one project–my dream was to put on something that would bring Yorktown people together,” said Bargmann of her idea for the gala. “I wanted to do something to show Yorktown that Yorktown people care about the town.”
She continued, “It’s more about showing the community that we do have [people] who care–and I hope that everybody gets the emotional benefit from it. So, I’m very excited about that and excited to see how it turns out.”
Bargmann continues to give credit to her fellow community servers.
“Like I said, you can’t do good things without good people around you and I’m surrounded by an amazing group of people that are ready to help and want to do things. They bring in ideas and they help push the ideas through.”