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Honor Veterans By Elizabeth Riggs

On a flat, windy backroad in northwest Ohio, lives a 102-year-old woman named Elizabeth Casselman. For many in the community, my hometown, this remarkable lady is special for numerous reasons. Elizabeth was a kindergarten teacher for more than 30 years, and enjoyed the evergreen popularity that goes along with a teaching career in a small town. She was also an active member of her church, a friend to many, and to me, a grandmother. But for all, she is a hero, as a World War II Marine. Grandma, who goes by “Betty,” was born and raised in Brooklyn, NY, and living in Manhattan at the time of Pearl Harbor in December of 1941. It was this historic event that prompted her, unmarried and working in the city, to enlist in the Marine Corps. “War had been declared, and I figured as an individual, I had an obligation to do something,” she said.

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Betty enlisted in 1942, was stationed at Camp Lejeune in North Carolina, and assigned to the aviation division. Her role was to teach young pilots how to distinguish the differences between allied and enemy aircraft, many of which had very minor differences. “I would teach them by putting the silhouette of a plane on a projector screen. Of course, the room had to be

dark. Invariably when the lights would come back on, some of them would be sound asleep. So, I said to them, ‘It’s your neck,’” she said. My grandmother started as a private and worked her way up to sergeant in a matter of two years. She was later honorably discharged from the Marine Corp after the death of her father. She later married

Veterans Day is a day we come together as a nation to remember all who served our great country. Every year we honor our service members on the 11th day of November, the

anniversary of the signing of the Armistice that ended World War I. In 1954, Armistice Day was changed to Veterans Day in remembrance of the sacrifice

Nov. 11 Veterans Day, Parade in Shuttleworth Park, Springville

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A LOOK BACK The GAR Monument

Nov. 23 Thanksgiving Day Nov. 23 Gobble for Groceries 5K and Fun Walk Trading Post, Springville

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Drake Elected Concord Town Supervisor

From left to right: Dennis Dains, Jim Krezmein, Darlene Schweikert, Leslie Gibbin, Phil Drozd, Dawn Martin and Clyde Drake

On Tuesday, Nov. 7, voters headed to the polls to vote in local elections. In Concord, the ballot included a race for Town Supervisor, won by Clyde Drake (R, C, I). Jim Krezmein (R, I) and Phil Drozd (R, C, I) won the Town Councilmen seats. As of press time, the unofficial election results are as follows: Concord Supervisor, Clyde Drake with 65 percent of the votes. Councilmen, Philip Drozd with 33 percent of the votes; James Krezmien with 33 percent of the votes.

The master carver of the GAR monuments and distant cousin of David Batterson, James Batterson at his shop. By Derek M. Otto

Last year at this time, I wrote about the GAR and the log cabin on Buffalo Street that they built as there home in 1892. About that same time, they were also petitioning for funds to build a

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SGI Students Designing Village Seal By Alicia Dziak

On Monday, Nov. 6, students from Christy Komenda’s high school graphic design class presented their ideas for a Village seal to Springville Officer in Charge Nick Budney and Village Trustee Nils Wikman. Springville currently has no Village seal. The students met earlier in the year with Lt. Budney about the scope of the project, and Komenda said that afterwards, as a class, they discussed incorporating Springville’s natural resources, history, heart and community into the design. Each student was tasked at creating a seal that encompassed these things, combining hand drawing and Photoshop. These components clearly meant different things to different students, but some recurring elements, like farming and the

Nov. 24-25 A Very Merry Main Street Springville

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Nov. 25 Holiday Craft Show Springville Moose Lodge

GAR monument in Springville. Locally, the first one built in the area was in Ellicottville in 1883 and was put in place in the cemetery. Cemeteries were the See Look Back page 11

Swap and Shop at KB This Weekend

With chilly temps and lots of precipitation the past couple weeks, skiers and snowboarders only have one thing on their minds—the start of the snow sports season. Once the snow flies, you want to be ready! If you’re one of many looking to upgrade or trade in your gear, head to Kissing Bridge Nov. 1012 for their Fall Festival and Ski and Snowboard Swap weekend. The event runs Friday, noon to 9 p.m., Saturday 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and features tons of new and used gear for purchase.

Cost to register new or used gear is $1, and KB staff takes care of the sales. (Twenty percent of each sale goes to KB Ski Patrol.) As in years past, the event will center around KB’s Central area. Other weekend highlights include the Big Air Bag (weather permitting), Phatman Boardshop Mucho Jib Jam, vendors and more.

Want to purchase passes? Bring in eight non-perishable items for 20 percent off seasonal packages. For those looking for seasonal employment, KB is also is hiring for all departments for the upcoming season. Grab an application at the Ticket Center or download one at www.kbski. com.

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Letter from the Editor

My Grandpa Vella (my dad’s dad) was a World War II veteran. When I was little and would sleep over at my grandparents’ house, the bedtime stories my grandpa would tell were mostly of his time overseas in Japan. In the 1980s and 90s, he and my grandma would attend an annual conference with many of his old Army buddies, and one year, he hosted it in Buffalo. It was no minor event. They rented out a huge room in the Hyatt, served a multi-course meal and featured a series of speakers. And I had to wear an actual dress, so I knew it was a big deal. When my grandpa passed away, my grandma would still tell his stories, adding some of her own, from the point of view of a young wife whose new husband went off to war. My grandpa has been gone several years now, and I still miss him all the time, especially around Christmas or big family events. One thing I will always remember about him is how proud he was of his service to his country. It was such a big part of who he was. As we celebrate Veterans Day this week, I would like to say THANK YOU to all those who have served, past and present. And I hope that you, our readers, can look through the pages of this week’s edition for meaningful ways to celebrate this holiday. - Alicia Dziak, Editor, Springville Times A group of women prepare baskets for the Soups, Sweets and Something More bazaar scheduled for 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 11 at the Springville First United Methodist Church at 474 East Main St. in Springville. The event, which is open to the public, will feature various soups, baked goods, baskets and handmade items for sale. Photo by Rich Place

A Very Merry Main Street Nov. 24-25

By Jennifer Weber

Whether we’re ready for it or not, the holiday season is fast approaching, which means it’s time to think about crossing off all those names on your evergrowing shopping list. The good news is you can knock off your list and more right here in Springville during the Very Merry Main Street event on Friday, Nov. 24 from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. and Nov. 25 from 10 a.m.4 p.m. If you don’t want to spend your time fighting the long lines at the department stores, but instead stay close to home, your friends and neighbors who own small businesses are opening their doors and providing special deals for their customers that you will only find over Thanksgiving weekend.

“It’s important to have a strong downtown and this helps get people excited for a fun event with lots of goodies at various locations, seeing friends and neighbors and a chance to support local.” said Elise Rose, owner of Sheret Jewelers. “If it weren’t for the people in our community, none of us would be here, and we are very thankful for each and everyone that supports these businesses.” In addition to getting gifts checked off your list, shoppers who participate in A Very Merry Main Street have a chance to win prizes from the local merchants during this event. This year instead of doing a stamp card, there will be a chance to enter a grand prize drawing of $300 at every location and vendor. Each vendor and business also

will have a flyer announcing participating businesses promotions/special events for the weekend. Local merchants that are not located on Main Street will be set up inside Love Inc, Concord Land Realty, Locals Lifestyle, Sheret Jewelers and the Lucy Bensley Center offering a wider variety of local goodness to choose from this season. Are you a small business interested in participating? A Very Merry Main Street is still looking for vendors (including home based businesses!) Contact verymerrymainstreet@ for more information. Follow A Very Merry Main Street on Facebook (facebook. com/AVeryMerryMainSt) to get updates on participating businesses.


Nov. 10 Ham & Turkey Raffle 7 p.m. FREE refreshments. Bring a friend and family! East Concord Fire Hall, 9497 Genesee Road, East Concord. Nov. 10-11 Beer and Wine Festival 2017 Brewmaster Dinner Nov. 10 and the Beer and Wine Festival Nov. 11 Nov. 10-11 Veteran’s Day Celebration at Explore and More Honor local Veterans by helping make a blanket that will be donated to the local Veteran Affair’s Hospital. Active duty, retired, and dependent military personnel receive free admission with ID. This program is generously supported by the Charles D. and Mary A. Bauer Foundation Nov. 11 Veterans Day

Holiday Craft Show Nov. 25

By Alicia Dziak

As the holiday season is fast approaching, it’s time to think about buying all those gifts. And what better gifts to give than unique finds you can’t buy just anywhere? On Saturday, Nov. 25, the Springville Moose Lodge #1249, at 13080 Buffalo Road in Springville, will be holding a Holiday Craft Show. “This is our 9th Annual Craft Show,” said event organizer Carol Joslin. “Many of the crafters are outside vendors, but from the general area. We try to tie it in with Small Business Saturday and promote shopping local.” The show runs from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. and will feature Christmas ornaments, wreaths, tree top angels, jewelry, baked goods, paintings, purses,, embroidered, crocheted and knitted items, sea glass creations, wooden crafts, sewing/ needle crafts, kitchen items, canned goods, honey, maple syrup, floral/ DIY projects and more. Stop by and support local crafters!

Election Results Unopposed were: Town Clerk, Darlene Schweikert. Town Justice, Leslie Gibbin. Highway Supt., Dennis Dains. Assessor, Dawn Martin. Other area elections: Colden Supervisor, James DePasquale. Councilmen, David Arcara, Jesse Hyycik. Highway Supt., Paul Clarkson.

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Collins Supervisor, Kenneth Martin. Councilmen, James Hotnich with 45 percent of the votes, Sara Jane Sion with 35 percent of the votes. Town Clerk, Becky Jo Summers with 56 percent of the votes. Highway Supt., Peter Waterman. Sardinia Supervisor, Beverly Gambino.

Councilmen, Jamie Emmick with 32 percent of the votes; Leonard Hochadel with 33 percent of the votes. Town Clerk, Jennifer Bray. Town Justice, Gene Heintz. Highway Supt., Donald Hopkins. For official results, visit

Nov. 11 Fort Niagara in World War I - A Veterans Day Program Nov. 11 Round and Square Dance 7:30 p.m.,Epiphany of Our Lord’s Parish Hall (10893 Sisson Highway, North Collins). Cost of admission is $25 per family, $7 adults, and $5 for children ages 5-10. Refreshments are available as well. To reserve a table, call Mary Richmond at 337-3952. Nov. 10-12 Kissing Bridge Fall Festival and Ski Swap Nov. 12 Pioneer Radio Operators Society (PROS) Ham Radio Class General level, starting on November 12 at 1 p.m., Bertrand Chaffee Hospital, 224 East Main St. Springville. The classes are free and you will need the current edition of “Now You’re Talking” by Gordon West. A licensing test will be conducted at the end of the class by the Laurel VE team and the CCARET. For more information, contact Gary KB2YAA at: (716) 592-9554 or

Nov 17 M&T Third Fridays at the Buffalo History Museum Free admission to the museum and Resource Center (459 Forest Ave). 1-3 pm – Free Docent Led tours; 3-4:30 pm – Free Kids Activities. Nov. 18 NY Regular Hunting Season Opens Nov. 18 Cattaraugus County Arts Council Winter Arts Festival Holiday Valley Lodge. Paintings, prints, photographs, pottery, jewelry, and fiber arts are a few of the many original artworks that will be for sale at this juried exhibition and sale. Shoppers are eager to meet the artists in person and find unique holiday gifts for family and friends. Hours are 11-6. Nov. 18 3rd Saturday Trek at Allegany State Park Explore the area behind the Administration Building, collect pine cones and turn them into a bird feeder. (716) 354-9101 ext. 236 or Nov. 18-19 St. Aloysius Regional school 51st annual Christmas Bazaar Parish Hall, 186 Franklin st. Springville. Saturday 10-4 p.m. lunch available, Sunday 11:304 p.m. Chicken BBQ, handcrafted items, baked goods, wreaths, theme basket raffle, craft vendors, $1000 money raffle and more! Drawings begin at 2 p.m. on Sunday. Nov. 23 Thanksgiving Nov. 23 Gobble for Groceries 5K and Fun Walk 9 a.m., Trading Post, Springville

Nov. 24-25 A Very Merry Main Street Springville Nov. 24 Target Opening Day, Holiday Valley Nov. 24-26 Christmas in Ellicottville

Nov. 25 Holiday Craft Show 9 a.m.-2 p.m. , Springville Moose Lodge #1249, 13080 Buffalo Rd., Springville. Given by Women of the Moose #1183. Shop Local.

Nov. 25 Graham Cracker Houses at Boston Free Library 11 a.m. - 12 p.m. or 12 - 1 p.m. All materials are provided. All ages (Family activity - younger children need help.) Call (716) 941-3516 to register. Nov. 25-26 The Nutcracker at Shea’s Enjoy a beloved holiday tradition - The Nutcracker Ballet - performed by Neglia Ballet with music from the BPO. Nov. 30 Early registration deadline for Springville Soccer Club

Dec. 1-2 Christmas in Gowanda 2017 Come help us start off the holiday season downtown with local merchants, train rides all day, Santa Snowflake Pet Walk, Annual tree lighting ceremony, Holiday Spirit Parade and a festive atmosphere for the whole family. Dec. 6 Outdoor Adventure Series at Allegany State Park - XC Skiing

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Rich Food with a Rich History at Fiesta Bamba

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Mexican culture spans far before the days of conquistador Hernan Cortes. Indigenous people have called Mexico home for thousands of years, establishing immense civilizations and cultivating a rich history. It is these indigenous roots where Mexican food originated, and was further influenced by Spanish culture. Since the last half of the 20th century, Mexican food has become mainstream in the United States. Chains such as Taco Bell have become ubiquitous. How, then, can we find traditional Mexican food? Those of us in Springville can drive right to Fiesta Bamba at 60 South Cascade Drive. Opened in the summer of 2013 by the Fuentes family, Fiesta Bamba is a hit in the Southtowns. Paulino Fuentes operates the Springville location, and his brother, Elioenai Fuentes, operates

the newly opened location in Chaffee. Fiesta Bamba, however, is not the brothers’ first restaurant –they have over 20 years of experience in the business. When they immigrated to the U.S., they lived in a small suburb outside of Raleigh, NC, and cooked at a friend’s restaurant. They enjoyed it so much that they opened a restaurant of their own, and when they moved up north, the business came with them. Paulino is the head chef at Fiesta Bamba, and he said he truly enjoys working. “My favorite part is to serve the people and grow here, and contribute to the economy of this country and support my family,” Paulino said. It really is a family business, as both his wife and his daughter, Jearim Fuentes, are waitresses at the restaurant. Jearim said the community’s support of Fiesta Bamba has been great. She noted that they have many regular customers, some so regular that they never miss a week. If they go on vacation, they’ll even tell her and the other waitresses so they don’t worry something happened. “I really enjoy it because you get to connect with the people here and get to know them better, and that’s really nice,” Jearim said. One of the trickiest dishes to serve are the fajitas, traditionally

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of their culture. He learned to cook from watching his grandparents. He said he would pay close attention when they made food and knew he wanted to be a chef when he grew up. Fiesta Bamba serves burritos, flautas, tamales and much more. Paulino said his favorite menu item are the enchiladas, and added with laughter that they must be the spicy kind. The restaurant also has a bar with colorful seasonal margaritas and other drinks. In one Facebook review, the grande margarita was called “swimming pool sized and yummy.” If you want delicious traditional Mexican food, stop by Sunday-Thursday 11 a.m. until 9 p.m. or Friday and Saturday 11 a.m. until 10 p.m. For more information, check out their Facebook page.

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This week, Nickel City Opera will begin a residency at Springville Center for the Arts. During this time, they will be putting together a production of The Music Shop by Richard Wargo, and will visit Colden, SES, the Middle and High Schools with introductory programs. High schoolers will form a small chorus that will perform in the show alongside professionals which takes place first at the high school aud, then the Center. About the performance: Ivan is instructed by his wife to go to The Music Shop to buy a piece of music to sing for a prestigious event. He proceeds to forget the name of the song and Dmitri the shopkeeper (bass Valerian Ruminski) and his assistant Masha sing almost every piece of music in the place! Hallucinations of the rage of his Wagnerian wife if he returns empty-handed ensue. Watch a mad scramble through the entire stock of “the largest collection of music in all of Russia” in a desperate attempt

to recognize the requested melody in the ill-fated music shop. A funny introduction to opera and song! On Wednesday, Nov. 1. Valerian Ruminski, founder of Nickel City Opera, sang with the high school chorus as part of the fall concert. Valerian Ruminski has recently performed with Opera de Montreal and Opera Coeur D’Alene in Tosca as The Sacristan. He is scheduled to appear with Musica Viva in Hong Kong as Colline in La Boheme and Gremin in Eugene Onegin for Calgary Opera in 2018. In 2004, he founded Nickel City Opera (NCO), Buffalo’s premiere opera company. Over the years NCO has produced The Barber of Seville, Rigoletto, La Boheme, Don Pasquale, Amahl and the Night Visitors, Tosca, Il Trovatore, The Marriage of Figaro and the World Premiere of SHOT! by Persis Vehar about the assassination of President McKinley.

Throughout the week, performances were held for all students in the district. Public performances with the high school students will be held Friday, Nov. 17 and Saturday, Nov. 18 at 7 p.m. at the Center. While Nickel City Opera is based in Buffalo, three of the four performers will be traveling from out of the area to perform and will be staying at the former Parsonage. The

Center just recently acquired the former parsonage at 29 N Buffalo Street in time to host these artists. This program is the SCA’s first major residency program. Springville Center for the Arts presents theater productions, gallery exhibits, concerts, workshops and other arts programs. More information can be found at SpringvilleArts. org.

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Yearbook Club Captures Memories By Gwendolyn Fruehauf, SGI Student Reporter

Would you like to join a club where you are encouraged to always be creative and use your own ideas? Would you like to join a club where you work together with others, striving for a common goal? Then Yearbook Club is for you. Yearbook Club usually meets after school on Thursdays in Ms. Kemmerer’s room. Members work continuously from the beginning of the school year through March to put together a unique high school yearbook. They work with artists at a yearbook company, deciding what the cover will look like, using a variety of templates and tools, choosing different colors and fonts, and deciding whether or not to add or remove pages. Becca Moriarty, a junior at the high school, is the assistant editor for Yearbook Club. She explained that the main goal of the club is to create a beautiful yearbook that captures all of the memories from the school year. “I enjoy doing the spirit pages and going through Homecoming week,” Moriarty said, sharing the thing she enjoys most. But what sets Yearbook apart from other clubs? Moriarty explained, “[Members] get to come

up with the ideas, and create the pages, and do what they want. They get to use a lot of creativity.” In fact, that’s why Moriarty decided to join Yearbook. “I was looking for a club where I could be creative and use my thoughts to create something that other people would enjoy,” she explained. The students always have an advisor there, guiding them through the process. However, this does not limit them in their creative journey. They have many opportunities to express and use their own ideas. Moriarty encourages more students to join Yearbook. “It’s a great club to be in. The people are super nice, and they all work together really well to accomplish a really big goal,” she said. “We’re always open to new people.” Yearbook Club is currently looking for photos. If you are a high school student, and have any photos of you and your siblings from any summer or fall trips you took, or any creative photos of you and your friends, please submit them to Ms. Kemmerer in a JPEG file. You can see Ms. Kemmerer with any questions. Editor’s note: Be sure to check your email for yearbook ordering info from Jostens.

Late last week, the cross country team competed at Sectionals, held at Bemus Point Golf Course. The guys team ran strong at sectionals, finishing 8th out of the 25 schools participating in B-sized schools. Considering we are the smallest out of the 25 schools competing in that division, this is quite an accomplishment. The team looks excitedly to next year as only one out of the top 10 boys is a senior. It was that senior Nick Abdo that led the way for the boys. He ran very strong with one of his best performances of the season. He was followed by sophmores Brett Russell and Zack Peterman. Freshman Mikey Evans and sophomore Nathan Myers finished the team scoring. 8th grader Austin Yetter and another sophomore Elliot Emley were very close to the top 5 pack. This team has won more team trophies this year than in all of the other nine years that cross country has been back to Springville combined. It is clear that the team will enjoy a few years of continued success with the youth that this team has. The Lady Griffs raced after the boys. On this day, the team was led by Elle Russell. She ran one of the most courageous and heart breaking races of the season, as well as of her career. Elle ran close to her fastest 5K of her career on a very slippery and muddy course. For her to qualify for her 3rd consecutive appearance at the State Invitational, she needed to finish 5th overall as in

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individual in this race. With 100 meters to go in the race, she was passing the 4th and 5th place girls with quite a bit of speed. Shortly after passing the girls with 50 meters, left her body gave way. The body can only be pushed so far and her body lost consciousness for a second or two and she fell down. After regaining awareness and getting back up, she placed 6th individually, one spot out of making the state meet. The team was in a difficult division this year and her efforts would have made it to states in the larger and the smaller sized schools. The girls have been plagued by injuries for most of the season for a number of key athletes. Sonya Krezmien, Morgan Lukert and Jaime Dickinson all ran injured and finished the race on determination and courage. Gwen Fruehauf, Evelyn Smith and Grace Wotjkowiak raced very well at the meet. Corrin Sacilowski was too injured to race. The girls team had great moments individually throughout the year as well as a team. The girls had two girls ranked in the top 50 in the state, as a team they were ranked 8th out of the 35 large school in WNY early in the year while they were healthy. Very impressive due to the fact Springville was the smallest out of the 35 schools. The team says thank you and good bye to seniors Nick Abdo, Elle Russell, Morgan Lukert, Grace Wotjkowiak and Corrin Sacilowski. They have fought and won with the team and will be missed.

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water tower, appeared in several of the designs. The ideas were then presented, with Budney, Wikman and principal James Bialasik giving their feedback. “Next, we’ll come up with new adaptations to what has been discussed,’ Komenda told her class, noting that as artists, they’d have to fit the perception of what they want to sell to what the client wants to buy. Revised designs will be developed and the Village Board will decide which one best meets their needs. Once a final design is selected, it will be used on signage, patches, letterhead and more. Komenda said that all designs, even if not chosen as the official seal, will possibly be used on flags to be hung in the Village. Stay tuned to the Springville Times for the results!

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The Community Foundation for Greater Buffalo and the Ralph C. Wilson, Jr. Foundation will team up to host a series of three community conversations about youth sports in our region, including one event in Ellicottville. The foundation invites parents, coaches, community leaders and interested members of the public to attend these free events. Each conversation will feature experts from the Aspen Institute’s Sports &

Society Program who will present State of Play: Western New York, a comprehensive study about youth sports in the eight counties of Western New York. The Ellicottville event will be held Tuesday, Nov. 28, at Holiday Valley Lodge from 5-7:30 p.m. Events are also planned for Nov. 29 at The Dale Association in Lockport (5-7:30 p.m.) and Nov. 30 at WNEDTV Studios in Buffalo (12-2:30 p.m.).

Are your kids ready to perfect that layup or three-pointer? Maybe they need to work on a legal dribble or an accurate bounce pass? Or perhaps they’re just interested in learning the game and what makes it so great? No matter their skill level, SYI’s basketball program is here to help! Designed for kids in grades 1-6, the program is divided into three age groups: grades 1 and 2, grades 3 and 4 and grades 5 and 6, and runs for 10 Saturdays, starting Nov. 25. “One of the things that has been missing in Springville has been a feeder program to help develop basketball players,” said Bob Gainey, PE teacher at SES and varsity girls’ basketball coach, who is one of the organizers of this program. “The goal of this program is to implement a 1st-6th grade program, which varies depending on age groups, to provide the kids a chance to learn the game from Varsity basketball players and coaches. Another goal is to develop leaders amongst the boys and girls varsity basketball teams. Through this program our players will act as coaches during skill stations and games. This provides the young adults the opportunity to teach, develop communication skills, and influence future basketball players moving forward.”

The youngest level will be run by Andy Bobseine, who is the director of the Springville Boys and Girls Club, and also the boys’ varsity basketball coach for Gowanda. This level features skill stations throughout the day’s events, daily practices with designated teams, and game play for the last 45 minutes. The focus at this level is teaching proper form with shooting, defending the ball, rebounding, and passing. Parents are also needed to assist with this level. This level will play at the SES gym from 10:30 a.m. to noon. The middle level, for 3rd and 4th graders, will be run by Gainey. Skill stations, challenging competitions, team practices, and team games will be the highlights of this level, with a focus on being great teammates, executing simple basketball plays (V-cuts and ball screens) and an overall better understanding of the sport for the kids. This level will play at the Middle School gym from 8:30 to 10:30 a.m. The 5th and 6th grade program will be run by Greg Miller, SGI middle school teacher and boys’ varsity basketball coach. More competitive, preparing for school basketball, skill stations, team practice and team games. At this level, coaches want to see the players working well on the court together and

seeing their skill level improve to the point where they are comfortable and confident on the court. This level will meet at th High School gym from 8:30 to 10:30 a.m. The camp itself is co-ed, but genders will likely be split for games. All aspects of the program will be held at the schools, so no travel is required. “This is our 6th year running the program, though this is the most involved basketball initiative we have implemented since we started this through SYI,” Gainey explained. “We are now touching on almost all grade levels before the students reach modified sports.” While the two younger divisions are full, there is still space left in the oldest division. Registration is available at If you have a child who is interested, but didn’t make it into this session, the program will be offered again in the spring. “We are going to be running the same program in the spring,” said Gainey. “The goal is to get children playing at a younger level and more frequently. If we can get players in grades 1st-6th to play 20 Saturdays out of the year, then we are making significant progress in developing basketball players in our area.”

The goal of these community conversations is to reflect on the report and prioritize next steps so that all children in Western New York have the opportunity to be active through sports. Registration opens 30 minutes prior to start time. A light meal will be served at each event and there is no cost to attend. Visit stateofplaywny to register by Friday, Nov. 17.


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Community Service Opportunities

Lounsbury Adaptive Ski Joins #GivingTuesday Movement

Lounsbury Adaptive Ski Program (LASP), Holiday Valley’s adaptive program, invites the community to join the #GiveAdaptiveSports #GivingTuesday charitable giving campaign on Nov. 28, 2017 by participating in a 24-hour fundraising blitz to expand adaptive skiing opportunities for disadvantaged disabled populations including youth and Veterans. #GivingTuesday is held annually on the Tuesday after Thanksgiving (in the U.S.) to kick off the holiday giving season and inspire people to collaborate in improving their local communities by giving back to the charities and causes they support. LASP has set a #GivingTuesday goal of $5,000 to be used to purchase special adaptive ski equipment, sponsor scholarships for disadvantaged students and to fund volunteer training and certification programs. We invite the community to help LASP reach new donors by spreading the word about #GiveAdaptiveSports by visiting “LASP hopes that the positive effects of skiing will carry over and give confidence to various other areas in the individual’s life,” said Mary Ellen Racich, Director of Lounsbury Adaptive Ski Program Those who are interested in joining Lounsbury Adaptive Ski Program’s #GiveAdaptiveSports campaign can visit . The Lounsbury Adaptive Ski Program offers adaptive ski lessons to persons with virtually all disabilities, both physical and cognitive. Commonly encountered disabilities include spinal cord injuries, amputations, Down’s Syndrome, Spina Bifida, Cerebral Palsy, Multiple Sclerosis, Traumatic Brain Injury, Visual Impairment, Autism and Developmental Delay. Since its inception in 1988, LASP has grown from four instructors teaching 14 students in a total of 35 lessons to over 40 instructors who collectively teach over 250 lessons during the course of a single ski season. All instructors are specially trained in adaptive ski teaching methods and 7 percent of these instructors are certified by the Professional Ski Instructors of America (PSIA).   LASP is a not-for-profit 501(c)(3) organization and a chapter of Disabled Sports USA. To learn more, visit

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Ambulance Service, Dairy Fest Discussed by Village Board

By Jennifer Weber

The Village of Springville Board met on Monday, Nov. 6 at 7 p.m. with Erie County Legislator John Mills in attendance reporting on the good news that work on Boston-Springville road has been completed and there will be a meeting at the East Concord Fire Hall on Dec. 4 to discuss the plans to build a roundabout at Route 240 and Sibley Road. Mills also reported that Erie County Executive Mark Polancarz presented the budget for the upcoming year and there is no proposed tax increase for residents. Information is available at Village Hall regarding the Scenic Byway, Legislative Director, Yellow Dot Program and the Hot Spot Fishing Map. The board approved a spending request of $37,500 for a contract with Valient Market Research to complete a market analysis for businesses in Springville. The board worked in cooperation with the Economic Development committee of the Springville Area Chamber of Commerce and received an Empire State Development to partially fund this project.  The study will involve online surveys of the community, man on the street interviews and hold stakeholder meetings with area officials and businesses. “Results of the study will help attract new business and retain existing businesses,” said Springville Mayor Bill Krebs. “Individuals seeking bank loans and grants for their businesses will be able to use this data for support.”  The study is scheduled to be completed by March 31, 2019 and will be available online and in print. The Village of Springville general election is scheduled for March 20, 2018 from 12-9 p.m. at 65 Franklin Street. The positions that are to be elected are Mayor, one term for four years, and two Trustees, one term of four years.  The first

With the busy holiday season approaching, the American Red Cross encourages donors to give blood now to help ensure a sufficient supply for patients this winter. Download the free Red Cross Blood Donor App, visit or call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) to schedule an appointment. Upcoming blood donation opportunities for the area include: Nov. 10, 1 to 6 p.m., Free Methodist Church Community Center, 41 S. Main St., Franklinville; Nov. 11, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., All Saints Lutheran Church, 6065 South Park Ave., Hamburg; Nov. 13, 1 to 6 p.m., St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, 6360 Route 242, Ellicottville; Nov. 13, 3 to 8 p.m., Conewango Fire Hall, 12447 Northeast Road, Conewango Valley; Nov. 14, 11:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., Hope Lutheran Church, 2 E. Main St., Arcade; Nov. 15, 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., West Valley Central School, 5359 School St., West Valley; Nov. 15, 1 to 7 p.m., Concord Senior Center, 40 Commerce Drive, Springville; Nov. 16, 1 to 7 p.m., North Collins Senior Center, 11065 Gowanda State Road, North Collins; Nov 22, 8 a.m. to 1 p.m., Saint Bernadette’s Roman Catholic Church, 5930 South Abbott Road, Orchard Park.

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The following local organizations are also looking for volunteers: Organization: Bread of Life Outreach Center, Colden Types of opportunities: Assisting in the food pantry and thrift store. Contact: (716) 941-3550 or email

Organization: Echoes Through Time Civil War Museum Types of opportunities: educators, living historians, reenactors and history buffs; volunteers are encouraged to have basic knowledge of the Civil War. Contact: Curator Thomas Place at (716) 957-2740 or visit Organization: Meals on Wheels, 1st Presbyterian Church, North Buffalo Street, Springville Types of opportunities: Volunteers deliver two nutritious meals (a hot lunch and a cold supper) and share a few moments of personal connection with the clients. They also serve as a well-being check, reporting any concerns about the clients’ health or condition back to the office for follow-up by one of our Social Workers or Registered Dietitians. Contact: Ashley Yerdon at 716-822-2002 ext. 21 or date to file a nominating petition is Jan. 2, 2018. The Board discussed the opportunity to apply for a permanent Certificate of Need (CON) for ambulance service in the Village. Mayor Krebs explained, “The fee to apply for a CON is $9,000 and there’s a 50/50 chance the application would be denied. If not approved, it could cost up to $50,000-$100,000 in legal fees to appeal.” “Our current provider, Mercy EMS, has their own CON,” stated Trustee Terry Skelton. “It’s a lot of money with a high probability of being denied and we no longer have the need.” “Maybe we don’t have the need now, but getting the permanent certificate of need is an in investment for our future,” said Trustee Robert Moriarity. “We should follow through with the process we started two years ago.” Mayor Krebs stated, “While the original point for the Village was to own a CON to retain independence, the administration of this program is cumbersome.” Nils Wikman said, “It’s almost absurd that we would reward a process where our citizens aren’t served.” The Board voted down applying for a permanent CON by a vote of 4-1. In other news, the Village approved the process for the WNY Dairy and Agricultural Festival to move forward with planning for the 30th annual festival to be held on June 1-3, 2018  in the municipal parking

lot behind Main Street stores. “This will be a great opportunity for Springville to reintroduce Western New York to its improvements, growth, year long Village activities and the many unique Main Street area businesses,” said Joni Taylor, Festival Chair.  The board expressed concerns over accessibility for area residents and businesses that will be directly affected by the festival; the committee will move ahead working with this in mind. A meeting was held to discuss the proposal to create a National Register Historic District along West Main Street in the Village of Springville on Nov. 1, 2017. This will be the third historic district the Village of Springville has submitted. The history of the properties submitted, which include 90171 West Main Street, 24-110 North Central Avenue, 17 Park Street and 186-244 Franklin Street, can be found on the Village website. There will be a Community Development meeting on  Wednesday, Nov. 15  to discuss projects from the Village master plan. Mayor Krebs reminded everyone that this Saturday, Nov. 11  is Veterans Day and there will be the annual celebration held at Shuttleworth Park at 11 a.m. The next board meeting for the Village of Springville will be held on Monday, Nov. 20 at 65 Franklin Street, Springville at 7 p.m.

Organization: Salvation Army Types of opportunities: Two-hour time frame to ring bells or sing carols, from the week of Thanksgiving through the week of Dec. 23. Kettles at the Springville Tops, Wal-Mart on weekends Contact: Diane Fleckenstein, the Red Kettle coordinator, at or 592-4054 Organization: Springville Center for the Arts Types of opportunities: Everything from mowing the lawn, working with performing artists, hammering nails, making cookies, answering phones to operating the sound board. Contact: Volunteer Coordinator, Tracy, at or call (716) 592-9038. Organization: Trading Post Springville’s Gobble for Groceries 5K Types of opportunities: Race registration, t-shirt sales, traffic control Contact: Chrsitne Greene at (716) 535-9721. If you are seeking volunteers for your organization, please email

BCH’s Hebdon Named ‘Rising Star’ at AADE

Springville resident Kathleen Hebdon, RN received one of two “Rising Star” Awards from the American Association of Diabetes Educators (AADE) at its August meeting. She was recognized as a diabetes educator who has demonstrated leadership and commitment in her practice. Hebdon leads the diabetes education efforts at Bertrand Chaffee Hospital, which has a program that is accredited by the AADE. She became a certified diabetes educator, and established an AADE chapter in Buffalo, the fourth chapter in New York State and the only one west of Albany. Hebdon was also named a presidentelect of the New York State AADE board of directors. Her four-year term will begin in 2018. There are more than 800 diabetes educators in the NYS

Kathleen Hebdon, RN and Nancy D’Hondt, RPh, President of the American Association of Diabetes Educators. AADE organization. The mission of AADE is to empower diabetes educators to expand the horizons of innovative education,

management and support to provide optimal health and quality of life for persons with, affected by or at risk for diabetes and chronic conditions.

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WV EMTs Earn Top Spot in National Clinical Challenge

By Rich Place

A pair of volunteer emergency medical technicians (EMTs) from West Valley recently proved they are among the best in what they do and were rewarded for it with a trip next year to Copenhagen, Denmark. Shawn and Heather Lafferty beat a group of 20 EMT-Basics, including two other pairs in a final round streamed live online, in a competition last month at EMS World Expo, deemed North America’s largest EMS event, in Las Vegas, Nev. The married couple were the only volunteers in the competition, they said, which included teams from four different countries. “It really was pretty cool to know that our training as a volunteer in Cattaraugus County — little ol’ West Valley — stood up in a world competition,” Shawn said. “We met their expectations. “The training we do here at the county — if anyone thinks it’s second to none — well, we just kind of beat the world.” The Laffertys entered the clinical challenge competition almost on a whim; they flew out to the expo in Las Vegas after one of the members of the fire department had complementary airplane tickets to be used for volunteer service. They had gone there initially for the expo’s other offerings, like the classes and vendors, Shawn said. The initial round, held Thursday, Oct. 19, consisted of a three-minute online questionand-answer session. The couple was notified that evening they made the final three pairs and were guaranteed at least an iPad for qualifying for the final round. The final round the following day was a bit more high stakes: a real-life scenario that was broadcast live on the EMS World Facebook page. The three teams were scored on specific parameters, the specifics of which were made known after the competition. “It was an overdose patient,” Shawn said about the final round. “We had to recognize it was an overdose, administer oxygen, administer Narcan, treat for hypothermia because

Concord Senior Center Upcoming Events

CONCORD SENIOR CENTER WEEK Nov. 13-17 Monday, Nov. 13: 10:30 a.m. -Garden Club, 11 a.m.-Stay Fit Exercises 12 p.m.-Stay Fit Lunch, 1 p.m. Univera rep here Tuesday, Nov. 14: 9 a.m.Home Bureau, 9:30 a.m.-Yoga, 11 a.m.-Stay Fit Lunch, 11:45 a.m. Senior Club Trip 12 p.m.Stay Fit Dining, 1:45-Womens Club Wednesday, Nov. 15: 10 a.m. WOW Crafters, 10:30-Exercise w/Kim, 1 p.m. Cards w/Linda 1:00-7:00-BLOOD MOBILE Thursday, Nov. 16: 9 a.m Paint Log w/Jody, 9:30 a.m. United Health Rep here, 10:30 a.m Gold Zumba , 11 a.m Stay Fit Exercise, 12p.m.Stay Fit Lunch, 1 p.m.Euchre Friday, Nov. 17: 12 p.m.Stay Fit Lunch Remember stop in and see insurance reps.—If you have arthritis stop in on Monday, Nov. 20 @ 1 p.m. to learn how to deal with it. Cooking demo w/squash & pumpkins coming Tuesday, Nov. 21. Days of Christmas start on Dec. 1 to win $100 -new route walking class will be starting soon- meet some of the animals from Africa here-- if you are bored -stop in & visit-have a cup of coffee—pot is always on -use our wifi -read a book.

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the scenario was that the person had been down and unconscious for six hours, and transport.” The Laffertys — who traditionally do not work as a team because one often stays home with their children when a call comes in — completed the challenge in five minutes, well ahead of the 10-minute time limit. During an awards ceremony later in the evening, the Laffertys learned they had won first prize: a trip to the worldwide EMS convention in Copenhagen in April. “Just the fact we are volunteers and no one else was, and the fact that we are not a team like all the other teams were” was remarkable, Shawn said. Shawn said he and his wife weren’t necessarily nervous about the final round, but admitted he was more nervous when they learned it would be streamed on Facebook Live. “We were like ‘oh great’ — all our friends and chiefs who have trained us and anybody who has given us training in the past can actually judge our high-stress final competition,” he said. But that is seemingly where the nervousness ended.

“You go in there and you do a job,” he said both about the competition and his responsibility overall as an EMT. “You know what you got to do — we are basic life support. It’s our job to recognize a life threat, do what we can and transport to a hospital. That’s what we did.” Shawn has been an EMT for about five years; Heather has been doing it for nearly 20 years and said her volunteer work as an EMT led her enter nursing school and change her career. “It’s very humbling to know with the training I have been given I can (execute) without stressing out,” Heather said. “Twenty years ago, when I first started, that probably wouldn’t have been the case.” Both Shawn and Heather credited the training they’ve received at both the local and county level, and credited their chiefs and past EMT captains for the knowledge they’ve passed on and their commitment for their volunteers to receive the best training for their duties. Those interested in watching the competition can visit the live-recorded video by visiting

18. Participants will explore the area behind the Administration Building and go on a pine cone hunt. Afterwards, come inside to turn your pine cone into a winter bird feeder with peanut butter and bird seeds. Come learn about the different types of conifers and wintering bird habits! Hikers are asked

to meet in the lobby of the Administration Building at 1 p.m. and to come dressed for the weather. Registration is not required. For more information, visit the Allegany State Park Facebook page or contact Heidi Tschopp at (716) 354-9101 ext. 236 or

Gourmet Dining on a 400-Calorie Budget at BCH

About 30 guests attended the Gourmet Dining on a 400-calorie Budget luncheon on November 1 coordinated by Bertrand Chaffee Hospital. This event started the activities for National Diabetes Awareness Month in November. The idea for a lunch and cooking demonstration was a collaborative effort from members of the Bertrand Chaffee Hospital Diabetes Education Team. Kyle Schwann, a registered dietitian, developed the diabetes-friendly recipes and worked with the BCH Dietary Department to scale up the size to feed a bigger audience. On the menu: pork tenderloin with apple stuffing and a raspberry glaze, roasted seasonal vegetables, a brown and wild rice medley, and pumpkin cheesecake bites for dessert.

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3rd Saturday Trek at Allegany State Park Nov. 18

Get out of the house and come join in the fun at Allegany State Park’s free, familyfriendly 3rd Saturday treks, led by park staff, members of the Allegany State Park Friends Group, or Historical Society members. The upcoming 3rd Saturday Trek will take place on Nov.

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Schwann had the ingredients prepped and ready for the demonstration, while Chef Linda Hamblin worked in the Concord Senior Center kitchen to cook the pork and rice, and roast the carrots, potatoes, parsnips and kale. Most crucial to the demonstration was the concept of portion sizes. Each guest received a set of BCH-branded measuring cups to assist with food preparation and portion size. Questions from the diners included whether they should cook with butter or margarine, and if diabetics could eat rice. The answers, from Schwann, were that in moderation, you can cook with butter or margarine, but that butter burns at a lower temperature, so watch it closely! And as for eating rice, that comes down to portion

size. Brown and wild rice have more fiber than white rice, and a standard portion size of rice would be 1/3 cup - much less than you would expect! Schwann also talked through possible substitutions for ingredients and techniques for prepping the meat. She also had on display a plate where the approximate portion sizes were draw out as in a pie chart. Liz Cappola set a “1500-calorie” table, with breakfast, lunch, dinner and a healthy snack displayed with realistic food models. Next on the calendar for BCH: the Ask-an-Expert night on Nov. 16 starting at 7 p.m., presented by the Buffalo Chapter of the American Association of Diabetes Educators (AADE). This will also be held at the Concord Senior Center, and a panel of experts will be available for questions, large and small, about diabetes, medications, devices, recipes and healthy behaviors. The event will be moderated by Kathleen Hebdon, RN, who coordinates the BCH Diabetes Education Program. Hebdon also is active in the AADE, and was recently elected the vice president for New York State.



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Hulbert Public Library Events

Lapsit: Fall Session 2 For ages 6 months to 2 years.Picture books, toys, music, bubbles! Four week session: October 31st thru November 21st. Tuesdays at 10:00 am. Registration is required. Please call 592-7742. Erie County Dept. of Social Services Community Assistance Intern.Ongoing service beginning October 19th. Hours: Every Thursday 10:00 am-6:00 pm. Every Friday 12:00 pm to 7:00 pm **There will be no interns Nov. 10 (Veterans Day - County Observance), Nov. 23 and 24 (Thanksgiving break), or Dec. 21, 22, 28, or 29 (UB winter break).** No registration necessary. Drop in, first come, first serve. Receive assistance with applying for help with food, help with heating bills, SNAP, WIC, finding legal assistance, home weatherization, finding health clinics, and other social services programs. Preschool Story Time: Fall Session 2 For ages 3-5 years. Thursdays at 10:30 am. Three week session: November 2nd thru 16th.Picture books, rhymes, simple craft, finger plays, short video. Registration is required. Please call 592-7742. Harvest Doll Making Workshop This event will be on November 9th at 4:30 pm. For ages 7 and up.Family-friendly. Caregivers are encouraged to stay for the fun. Our resident doll maker will be here to offer a free workshop focused on creating a Harvest Doll. All materials will be provided. Registration is required. Please call 592-7742. The library will be closed for Veterans’ Day (11/10/17). The library will be open regular hours on Veterans’ Day 10:00 am-1:00 pm(11/11/17). Take Flight: Airplanes and Rockets This event is on November 16th from 4:30 to 5:30 pm.For ages 8-12 years. Build a plane and a rocket to learn about the four forces of flight: lift, weight, thrust, and drag. This program will have activities and experiments to help understand how each force can affect how an object moves through the air. Registration is required. Please call 592-7742.

Collins Public Library Events

Craft Club: Monday, November 13 at 6pm. Ages 4-12. Registration is required so call or stop in to sign up! Lego Club: Monday, November 20 at 630pm. Ages 4-12, registration is helpful but not required! Thanksgiving Story Hour: Tuesday, November 21 at 6pm. Come and enjoy turkey themed stories turkey crafts and turkey games, best for ages 3-10. Please sign up to attend! The library will be CLOSED Thursday November 23 for Thanksgiving and will reopen for normal hours Friday November 24. You can access your account online any time! Tinkering: Monday, November 27 at 6pm. Tinkering program brought to you by Explore and More Children’s Museum! Registration is required, please stop in or call to sign up! Senior Movie: Friday, December 1 at 1pm. TBD Computer Basics Class: Saturday, December 2 at 11am. Designed for beginners, this class includes a review of the hardware and software of a computer as well as an introduction to how to use the mouse and keyboard. Space is limited so stop in or call to sign up today!! Did you know? Erie County Library cards are available to all Erie County residents, all individuals who work in Erie County, and all those who live in the Gowanda School tax district. Stay up-to-date with events at the library by ‘liking’ our Facebook page, Collins Public Library. Library Hours: Monday 2-8 p.m., Tuesday 2-8 p.m., Wednesday 10:30 a.m.-5 p.m., Thursday 2-8 p.m., Friday 10:30 a.m.-5 p.m., Saturday 10 a.m.-2 p.m., Sunday - CLOSED. (716) 532-5129.

Collins Center Senior News

A car load of food was collected for the food pantry at the October meeting of the Collins Center Seniors, and the group thanks those who brought food and a special thanks to Marilyn Coudrey for delivering it to the food pantry. Seats are available for the Dec. 12 trip to the Seneca Niagara Casino for The Temptations Holiday Show. Enjoy some of their Motown favorites such as “Just My Imagination,” “Since I Lost My Baby,” “My Girl” and more. Price includes general admission for the show, $20 in slot play and a free lunch buffet. Payment is due. On Feb. 16, 2018, the group will start the day at Kleinhans Music Hall with coffee and donuts. Then they’ll enjoy a performance from the Glenn Miller Orchestra, which is considered one of the greatest bands of all time. Following the performance participants will head to Depew for a delicious lunch at The Italian Village Restaurant. Dues are $5 per year per member and must be paid no later than Dec. 30 to remain a member. Send dues to: Collins Center Senior at 5343 Route 39, Springville, NY 14141. For additional information visit the group’s web site, or contact Irene Pfeifer at 532-4268 or Bridget Farner at 532-9586. Make checks payable to Collins Center Seniors, 13851 Quaker St., Collins, NY 14034.

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logical place for the monuments. However, cemetery boards realizing the profits of the lots tore them down. Ellicottville’s 6921 ROUTE 242, ELLICOTTVILLE, NY 14731 GAR monument is no longer standing; like many, it was removed or displaced. Other communities made the GAR monuments a principal ted_Ad_Square.indd 8:21:15 AM Ski Season1 Rental, Beautiful Three11/1/2017 Level center piece for the community Townhouse, Heart of Ellicottville, Cathedral in the 1890s. For example, Ceilings, Fully Furnished ,4 Bedrooms, 2 Baths, in Hornell, NY, the Union Flat Screen TV’s, Cable, Best Location, Walk Square and monument is now to Shops, Restaurants,etc. (Dec 1 to April 1) a Burger King succumbing $12,000 Plus Utilities (716) 941-6146) to the “urban renewal” of the 1960s. Several GAR monuments do exist around Clean, cozy, quiet 3 bedroom. Available for western New York, in Warsaw, ski season, or yearly lease. Updated, basically Calendonia, East Bloomfield furnished, move-in ready. 1 mile to EVL town and of course, Springville. centre, No pets. Smoke-free home. Call / text J.P. Myers, Springville’s great disappearance story. and fellow 1-905-928-6316 GAR member. HL Hawley. were Ellicottville for Rent. 2 bedroom furnished the committee that set forth the apartment with laundry room. No smokers. No idea of the monument. They found one great benefactor in pets. Call 649-6922. David Ingalls. Mr. Ingalls was the son of House in Ellicottville; 4 bdrm, 3 baths, 2 Zimri Ingalls, who came to kitchens, 2 fireplaces, sleeps 12 Concord in 1825, and bought Available Christmas week and throughout the a farm two miles northwest season. 716-432-8431 of the village. In 1828, David was born and in the 1840s, he moved to Buffalo and became a merchant for almost 20 years. Got Zen? Join our Team! We are looking for He retired in Springville in 1862

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and was known as a capitalist and real estate owner. David’s father died in 1872 and his mother would follow in 1882, leaving David with a lot of extra land. When approached by the committee to construct the GAR monument, David offered up one of the farms he owned. If the committee could sell it, the proceeds went to the monument. Not only did he erect the monument in Fiddlers Green Park, he also has the third largest monument in Maplewood Cemetery (after Taylor and Wadsworth) and you guessed it —he was a bachelor too! It was after David passed that JP Myers, who was handling his estate, disappeared. The monument was dedicated in 1891 and then rededicated in 1988. So we know he put the money up for the monument and why. Have you ever wondered who carved and designed the statues? Recently, David Batterson, town historian, sent me a picture of a distant cousin of his, the master carver who carved many of the GAR, Civil War Monuments with the Union Soldier standing at rest.

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Springville Call for Nominations for 2018 Awards Event The Springville Area Chamber of Commerce will present its annual awards night on Saturday, February 3, 2018 at St. Aloysius Hall in Springville. In preparation for the event, the Chamber’s board is calling for nominations for its awards, which include several new categories that reflect the substantial contributions of the area’s business and nonprofit communities. Categories include: • Business of the Year (2017 winner: Sheret Jewelers) • Non-profit of the Year (2017 winner: Love INC of Springville) • Citizen of the Year (2017 winner: Nils Wikman) • Small Business of the Year (new) • Community Service - Business (new) • Community Service - Individual (new) • Entrepreneurial Spirit (new) And as another new initiative, the Chamber will be featuring four local individuals in its “4 Under Forty” program. Selfnominations are welcomed, and nominees should work for, volunteer for or otherwise be affiliated with a current Springville Area Chamber of Commerce member business/organization. Submit your nominations online at (Awards) and (4 Under Forty) or email them to Nominations for the Awards Night and “4 Under Forty” close on Dec. 29. Tickets are available at the chamber office for $30/each or $50/pair. Sponsorship opportunities for awards categories and the event are available. Please contact Chamber Director Jennifer Weber at or (716) 592-4746.


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comes. In addition, 40 county plow trucks are now equipped with auto vehicle locators, improving our ability to monitor each truck’s travel speed and location. My administration has added 25 new dump trucks to the Highway Department fleet as well and we are in the process of buying three snowblower implements for high lifts, to be strategically located in the event of storms. The high lifts will be deployed to locations ahead of an anticipated event to help assist stranded motorists and tow truck companies. Elsewhere, we have invested $1.5 million in three new salt storage facilities at the barns in Clarence, Harlem Road and Hamburg. This investment replaces aged facilities with new, high-capacity barns that allow for the storage of an additional 4,500 tons of salt. Countywide, our fifteen salt storage facilities are filled with 20,000 tons of salt and sand mix in readiness for the winter. Our Public Works Department is ready for the winter. Now it’s your turn to get informed, get a plan for your family, and get ReadyErie! (Mark Poloncarz is the Erie County executive and writes a monthly column for area newspapers. He can be reached at and followed on Twitter, @ markpoloncarz.)

This weekend is Holiday Valley’s 14th annual Beer and Wine Festival, Nov. 10 and 11, featuring live music and entertainment, a New Orleansstyle feast and, of course, the best of the best local brews and wines. On Friday, Nov. 10, “Beer on the Bayou” Beer and Wine Dinner starts at 6 p.m. at the Holiday Valley Lodge. This event will boast several dishes prepared with and pairing with unique and special brews, featuring Voodoo Brewery. Guests will begin their journey to the bayous of Louisiana with the “Ragin’ Cajun Cocktail Hour” and the dark magic of the Voodoo Mama, who will entrance guests with her dark magic and shadowy powers. Music and song, provided by Michael Nugent, will be a mixture of jazz, Cajun and Southern rhythms. On Saturday, the fun continues with the Holiday Valley Beer and Wine Festival, legendary for great beers, wines and good times. From 3:30 to 7:30 p.m., take your pick of over 100 beers and wines from New York State and the region, plus take in the entertainment on three floors of the beautiful Holiday Valley Lodge. Tickets include a 3 oz. tasting glass for unlimited sampling. Breweries include 4 Mile Brewery, Big Ditch Brewing Company, BlackBird Hard Cider, Boston Beer Company, Bronx Brewing, Brooklyn Brewery, Buffalo Distilling, Captain Lawrence Brewing Co., CB Craft Brewers, Cider Creek Hard Cider , Community Beer Works, DG Yuengling, Ellicottville Brewing Company, Empire Brewing Co., Erie Brewing Co., Flying Bison Brewing Co., Great Lakes Brewing Co., Hamburg Brewing Co, Hazlitt’s Orchard and Cider,

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Each ticket includes a $5 voucher redeemable for food in the cafeteria. The menu includes German favorites like sausage and pretzels, plus hot dogs, burgers, fries and poutine. In addition, EVL Cheese, jerky from Dom’s Butcher Block, Kettle Corn and the Bavarian Nut Company will offer snacks for festival patrons. Gary Liota from Santiago Cigars will be hand rolling cigars on the second floor deck. All three floors of the Holiday Valley Lodge will be alive with great music. The second floor features Hit N Run. The Tim Britt Band will keep things lively on the main floor and Michael Nugent will set the mood in the Wine Cellar on the ground floor. Festival tickets are $60 and on sale at and also at Wegmans stores. You must be 21 to purchase a ticket and also to attend the festival. End the weekend with a Kegs and Eggs breakfast, held on Sunday at John Harvard’s Brew House at the Tamarack Club from 8 to 11 a.m. Cost is $12.95. For more info, visit www.

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Thank You Veterans! North Collins Veterans Tribute Planning Continues By Rich Place

A group of area residents here remain committed to honoring this country’s veterans by constructing an awe-inspiring star-shaped tribute along Route 62, which is designated as the National Veteran’s Highway. About 12,000 bricks will make up a large 100-by-100foot star and veterans’ names will be inscribed at the site, allowing visitors to stop, reflect and honor those who served in the armed forces. “If it wasn’t for our military, we couldn’t live the lifestyle we live,” said James Lint, coordinator for the North Collins Veterans Tribute project. “I was in the Air Force, I had two brothers in the military, and uncles and cousins as well. We fought for a better life and, if it wasn’t for them, we wouldn’t have that.” The vision for the tribute, which will be located near the North Collins Senior Center, includes a walkway to a large granite star that will lay on the site, a 6,000-pound V-shaped centerpiece with two hands holding an eternal flame, six flags including the American flag and five military flags and 4x8- and 8x8-sized brick paving stones with veterans’ names and service information. The project got started about three years ago when Lint was among those who raised their hand at a town board meeting to begin formulating a veterans tribute. “We don’t even have a veterans site here,” he said. “Every other town has a veterans site.” A “hopeful” goal, he said, is to have it completed in fall 2018. The town of North Collins donated a piece of land outside the North Collins Senior Center for the tribute, which continues to gain momentum for its construction. The group broke ground on the site last year. Lint said the tribute recently received its 501(c)(3) status and is nearly halfway toward

The North Collins Tribute Board of Directors hosted its annual recognition ceremony in June. The North Collins Veterans Tribute board members include: (from left) Ann Converso, Paul Converso, Don Koch, Lloyd Quiter, James Lint, Neil Ross, Wendy Samick, Paul Lawton and Rose Seege. Absent: Dave Winter and Holly Baker. its $100,000 goal. The first two years haven’t focused on donations as intently as the group hopes to going forward because of the other processes needed to set up such an organization, Lint said. “In that two-year process we had to get our 501(c)(3), we had to get an insurance policy on the place, we had to get incorporated. That alone took a year,” he said. Donations continue to arrive in various forms, including ones from businesses for things like electrical supplies and lighting, for example, to be used on the site. Donations are also coming in for veterans’ names on the bricks but there is still plenty more room left, said Lint. The board of about a dozen volunteers has organized the tribute thus far, including the two annual fundraisers — a spaghetti dinner in the winter and a chicken barbecue in the fall — that have helped raise funding for the project. The appeal of the veterans tribute is expected to be visually striking — the flags will have lights on them, the space will be neatly crafted and the names organized in the shape of a star complement the tribute. But it’s about more than just aesthetics. “It’ll be like a park setting,” Lint said. “You’ll be able to show appreciation for our veterans.” He said he hopes this veterans star will be the first of 50, with one in each of the states. The site in June hosted a veterans tribute, and the ceremony featured the Color Guard and elected

officials including state senator Patrick Gallivan, Erie County Legislator John Mills and retired U.S. Navy Senior Chief Neil Ross. “This is not a memorial, it’s a tribute,” said Lint at the ceremony. “People can dedicate the bricks to veterans that are dead or alive.” Also, if a veteran’s birthday is coming up, those who purchase a brick can choose to have the board send a birthday card to the veteran’s home. Those who want to honor a veteran in the North Collins Veterans Tribute can find brick order forms on www. Prices for each brick include: $100 for a 4x8 brick without an insignia $125 for a 4x8 brick with an insignia $175 for an 8x8 brick without an insignia $200 for an 8x8 brick with an insignia. In addition, every business that makes a donation to the tribute will receive a Certificate of Donation they can display to let everyone know their support. Businesses that donate over $500 will have the name of their business engraved on a 4x8 brick placed in the walkway to the star. Those that donate over $1,000 will have an 8x8 brick placed in the walkway. Lint said the tribute isn’t just for those in North Collins, as brick orders have come in from as far away as Florida and Nevada. All donations and order forms for the North Collins Veterans Tribute can be mailed to James Lint, 2568 Marshfield Road, Lawtons, New York, 14091.

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and settled in northwest Ohio, where she began her teaching career and started a family in a small, farm community far from her city roots and military experience. This past September, Grandma Betty returned to Washington D.C. for the first time since her stint in the Marine Corps as a member of the Findlay, Ohio-based Flag City Honor Flight. The stops included the World War II Memorial, the changing of the guard at Arlington National Cemetery, and many other memorials along the National Mall. Grandma Betty flew a U.S. flag outside of her house every day, and even still, stands for the presentation of the flag or the Battle Hymn of the Republic. But as the wife of an active duty Army soldier, with more than 20 years of service under his belt, my grandmother isn’t my only influence when it comes to recognizing service to country and honoring our veterans. While many may think a sufficient way to honor service is through simple displays of patriotism, such as flying a flag or attending a parade, I’ve learned that there are far more effective ways. Through my spouse, I’ve realized the importance of recognizing a veteran, whether it be through offering a friendly handshake and a thank you for service, or picking up a bill at a restaurant.

A simple conversation with a veteran about how long they served, where they were stationed, or what they did, makes a more lasting impression than an anonymous flag flying on a home. I cannot begin to count the number of times I have been out in public with my husband and we have just stood and talked to a veteran and his spouse. When he sees a veteran with a hat covered in pins, or apparel noting service, these are just a few of the ways that he chooses to honor veterans, typically not even mentioning that he is one himself. This Veterans Day, consider taking his example and honoring service by interacting with our local veterans and learning about the sacrifices they have made for our country. A few opportunities for honor to service will present themselves this Saturday. Springville’s annual Veterans Day event includes a brief ceremony at Shuttleworth Park in downtown, where the World War I and World War II monuments lie. The ceremony will start at 11 a.m., last approximately 15 minutes, and move to the American Legion for light refreshments afterwards. Ellicottville will also hold an annual observance of the holiday on the Village Green in front of the gazebo, and Village and Town Halls. The short ceremony will be led by Dale

Dunkleman of the American Legion Post 659, and a 21 gun salute to all heroes, both living and fallen. The ceremony will end with a memorial wreath placed on the lawn. This Veterans Day, venture outside of your comfort zone and try being social as a way of paying respects. All of our Veterans surely did.

By Alicia Dziak

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made from all veterans from all wars. This year, for 2017, the Department of Veterans Affairs is broadening the observance of Veterans Day to include both Veterans and Military Families for the entire month of November. While you’re out this Saturday at your local Veteran Day remembrance ceremony, plan for some extra time to walk around and view some of the many historical markers honoring our veterans. Once you start to pay attention and really look around, you will see historical markers everywhere. This is a truth I learned after marrying a historical re-enactor and becoming one with the hobby, really, a lifestyle. The information below is compiled from the Historical Marker Database located online at Boston • The Viet Nam War marker is located at the intersection of Boston State Road (Route 227) and Boston Cross Road (Route 190). The inscription reads, “A war that produced no famous victories, no national heroes, and no stirring patriotic songs. America vainly attempted to support a weak government in its civil fight against Communism. We remember Boston’s military men who fought bravely.” • The World War I marker is located at intersection of Boston State Road (Route 227) and Boston Cross Road (Route 190) and was erected in 1939 by the Boston Veterans’ Club. The marker lists the names of the veterans who returned to town after the war and those who settled in Boston shortly after. • The World War II marker is located at intersection of Boston State Road (County Route 227) and Boston Cross Road (Route 190). “Dedicated to the Honor and sacrifice of our men and women who served our country in World War II. Let none forget they gave their all when came the call.” Colden • The Colden Veterans Memorial is located near 8812 NY-240 and was dedicated by the Town of Colden “in honor of our men and women who served our country in search of world peace and human dignity and in memory of those in all wars who gave their lives for freedom. The Town of Colden honors our Men & Women Living and Deceased, who served our country. Thank You for your dedication to defending our freedoms.” Concord • The Erie County Iraq & Afghanistan Memorial is located in Sprague Brook Park on Foote Road (County Road 563). The inscription reads, “As we honor the memory of these Erie County residents killed in action, let us pledge that their lives, sacrifices and valor shall always be remembered.” • The Erie County Vietnam Memorial is located in Sprague Brook Park on Foote

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Road (County Road 563). The inscription reads, “We remember forever with the names etched here the citizens of Erie County who, in service to the United States of America, were killed in Vietnam or designated as missing in action (MIA) 1959 to 1975.” • The Operation Enduring Freedom marker honoring those who served in the Afghanistan war is located in Shuttleworth Park in Springville. The inscription reads, “Brian Baker. Dedicated to those who have proudly served and to those who have made the ultimate sacrifice.” • The Our Honored Dead Memorial is located at the center of Fiddlers Green Park in Springville and was erected by David S. Ingalls in memory of the defenders of our country 1861-1865. The inscription reads “By valor and sacrifice, through unmeasured suffering and death, they preserved the honor and integrity of the nation and maintained the principle of free government in America. Not for themselves but for their country.” • The Korean War marker, dedicated in 1987 is located in Shuttleworth Park in Springville in memory of Edward F. Mathewson, Joseph Benson and James Wolf. • The Veterans Memorial Grove was erected by Vietnam Veterans Leadership Program and is located in Sprague Brook Park on Foote Road (County Road 563). The inscription reads, “We loved them once. We love them now. Dedicated to: Who they were, what they sacrificed and how much they loved each other.” • The Vietnam marker is located in Shuttleworth Park in Springville and is dedicated to the memory of Barry A. Bidwell, John Ellis, Bruce A. Crosby, Jr and Dennis R. Heinz, who gave their lives in defense of freedom in the Vietnam War, • The World War II marker is located in Shuttleworth Park in Springville. The inscription reads “Ever protect the freedoms for which they fought.” Ellicottville • The World War I and World War II marker is located at the

intersection of Jefferson Street and West Washington Street on Jefferson Street. It was erected by the Ellicottville Memorial American Legion Post No. 65. in 1950 in memory of those from Ellicottville who served in World War I and World War II. On the back of the monument there’s a bronze plaque honoring veterans of all the 20th century wars. Franklinville • The Franklinville Veterans marker is located at the intersection of Park Square and Chestnut Street and was erected in memory of those who died in the service of their country in WWI, WWII, Korea and Vietnam. The plaque was donated by the Ischua Valley Exchange Club in 2006. Great Valley • The Great Valley Veterans Memorial is located at the intersection of Humphrey Road (Route 18) and Salamanca Sugartown Road (Route 98), It is dedicated “in honor and memory of the men and women of this township who answered the call of their country.” North Collins The North Collins Veterans Memorial is located on Gowanda State Road (Route 62) 0.1 miles south of Spruce Street, It was erected in 2004 by the Town and Village of North Collins “in Grateful Appreciation to all the men and women of the village and town of North Collins who served in the armed forces for the preservation of freedom and democracy.” West Falls • The West Falls Veterans Memorial, erected in 2006 is located at the intersection of Davis Road (Route 240) and Bridge Street. The inscription reads, “Dedicated to Those who served in the armed forces of the United States of America. Because of them we live in freedom. God bless them all.” • The West Falls WWII Memorial is located at the intersection of Davis Road (Route 240) and Bridge Street. The inscription reads “Honor Roll. By duty done is honor won. A tribute

Family Fun on Veterans Day

On Saturday, Nov. 11, we set aside a day to honor all the men and women who have served our country on Veterans Day. (The observance day is Friday, Nov. 10.) If you’re looking for a meaningful and family-friendly activity to enjoy with the kids on their day off, check out these local happenings: On Friday, Nov. 10, the Buffalo and Erie County Naval and Military park, located at One Naval Park Cove in downtown Buffalo, will host its Veterans Day Weekend Hall of Honor Ceremony and USS Juneau/Sullivan Brothers Day. This event marks the 75th anniversary of the sinking of the cruiser USS Juneau (CL-52) in the Naval Battle of Guadalcanal and subsequent loss of all five Sullivan brothers. The event will start at 10 a.m. in the Hangar Bldg. For more info, visit Take the kids to Explore and More, on Gleed Avenue in East Aurora. Honor local Veterans by helping make a blanket that will be donated to the local Veteran Affair’s Hospital. On both Friday and Saturday, active duty, retired, and dependent military personnel receive free admission with ID. This program is generously supported by the Charles D. and Mary A. Bauer Foundation. For more info, visit www. On Saturday, Nov. 11, take a drive north and learn about Fort Niagara’s role in World War I. At 1 p.m., Robert Emerson, Executive Director of the Old Fort Niagara Association, will

present a program in the Visitor Center theatre about Fort Niagara’s role in World War I. “New” Fort Niagara was used as a training facility for two United States Reserve Officers Training Corps (ROTC) camps in 1917 when the ROTC program was just getting started. Mr. Emerson’s presentation will share historical background information and photos that show how the current Fort Niagara State Park was altered to train young men for military service 100 years ago. This accompanies a special World War I exhibit in the Visitor Center museum that features uniforms, artifacts, letters and photos specific to the training camps. Veterans and active military people with ID will be admitted free on Veterans Day. Otherwise, the cost to attend the presentation and visit the World War I exhibit is included in regular admission to the fort ($12 for adults, $8 for children ages 6-12, free for children 5 and under) and is free to members of the Old Fort Niagara Association. For more info, visit www. The Buffalo History Museum will feature Secrets from the Stacks-Veterans Day, a one-morning pop-up display of pictures, books, manuscripts, or other items from the library collection that you can actually sit down with and handle. Free with Museum admission; drop in to the Research Library any time between 10 a.m. and noon. For more info, visit buffalohistory. org.

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Celebrate Fall: Veterans Day Cookies, Seasonal Wreaths By Mary Heyl

Now that the candy is eaten and the jack-o-lanterns are enjoying their final resting place in the compost pile, it’s time to look ahead to the new season. This weekend is Veteran’s Day, a time to honor those who served our country. Take the time to share the significance of this day with a delicious recipe that will help you explain the meaning of the holiday to your children. Now is also the time to get those outdoor decorations ready for the upcoming holiday season! Read on for easy DIY wreath ideas that will help you welcome guests into your home from Thanksgiving through New Year’s Day. Nov. 11 marks Veterans Day in the U.S. and Remembrance Day in Canada. The two holidays commemorate the sacrifice made by so many brave men and women for the freedoms that both countries enjoy. The poem “In Flanders Fields” was written during the First World War by Canadian physician Lieutenant-Colonel John McCrae; in it, he describes the poppies that grew on a desecrated battlefield—one of the only plants to grow in the otherwise barren battlefields. The poppy became a lasting symbol of a soldier’s sacrifice, and you can introduce it to your children with these delicious, but meaningful, lemon poppy sugar cookies. Beat a ½ cup of softened butter, ¾ cup of powdered sugar, 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract, 1 ½ tablespoons of lemon zest and 2 tablespoons of lemon juice

until combined. Beat in 2 cups of flour, ½ teaspoon of salt and 1 tablespoon of poppy seeds. Form dough into a ball, wrap in plastic wrap and refrigerate until firm, at least 2 hours. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Turn the dough out onto lightly floured surface and roll out to 1/4-inch thickness. Cut out cookies using two or three different size flower shaped cookie cutters. Transfer to a baking sheet and refrigerate for 30 minutes. Bake until the edges just start to brown, 10-12 minutes. Remove from the oven and cool completely. Decorate with red and white icing and sprinkle with poppy seeds. Enjoy! As the final weeks of fall transform into winter, let nature be your inspiration! The natural nut wreath is a great, easy project that you can use year after year. Start with a foam wreath form and a spool of burlap. Wrap the burlap around the wreath, securing to the wreath form with a hot glue gun as you go. Then, hot glue a variety of mixed nuts (shop the bulk section of your grocery store) to the wreath until there are no empty spaces.

Finally, spray the wreath with a sealer before hanging! Combine nature with a little bit of sparkle to make a ribbon pinecone wreath. Head outdoors or to your local craft store for a variety of pinecones: you’ll want nine 6-inch long pinecones, three or four medium size ones, and several small pinecones. First, space the nine long pinecones evenly around a 20-inch foam wreath form (with the tops of the pinecones pointing toward the center) and wire in place. Then, place three or four medium pinecones between the large ones, wiring them in place. Next, pour some gold glitter into a small bag. Spray several of the small pinecones with adhesive and put them in the glitter bag. Give it a good shake or two and remove the pinecones—don’t forget to shake off the extra glitter! Hot glue these around the edges of the wreath in between the other pinecones, leaving no open spaces. Create a large bow using one or two colors of 3 ¾ -inch satin ribbon to hang your wreath! Embrace your crafty side with a yarn ball wreath! Wrap a 20-inch wreath form with green or red yarn so that the form is no longer visible. Then, wrap Styrofoam balls in different sizes with yarn. Go traditional with a red and green theme or create a frosty look using white, gray or blue yarns. Hot glue the yarn balls to your wreath form and spray with a protective finish, especially if your wreath will be hung on an outside door.

WNYSSB Pop Warner Rail Trail Ribbon Cutting

By Jennifer Weber

On Monday, Nov. 6, Erie County Legislature Chairman John Mills, along with Village of Springville Mayor Bill Krebs and board members from the Erie Cattaraugus Rail Trail, attended the ribbon cutting ceremony of the Western New York Southtowns Scenic Byway (WNYSSB) introducing a new tourist sign highlighting the Pop Warner Rail Trail. Erie County helped to fund this addition to the Scenic Byway and Rail Trail. “My second home is here in Springville” said Chairman Mills, “the work of the scenic byway and rail trail turned out to be a home run, this is the critical mass for this project happening right here in Springville.” The Western New York Southtowns Scenic Byway unites Erie and Cattaraugus Counties into a regional attraction for tourists though

a 108-mile scenic loop that runs from Orchard Park through Concord, Ashford and Ellicottville, ending at the southern Ellicottville town line. Bob Lennartz, President of WNYSSB, stated, “We came up with idea of Beauty of the Byway as a theme for the year and held a bus tour a few weeks ago that visited several of the spots along the byway, including the exhibits at the Concord Historical Society here in Springville. In addition, the Springville Center for the Arts held a first class event that highlighted all the sites you see along the scenic byway.” This new sign located at the Pop Warner Rail Trail is another addition of the WNYSSB interpretive sign project located at various notable locations in towns and villages along the Byway route including Concord Community Park, Godard

Memorial Hall, Sprague Brook Park and the Heritage Village Park. “The Erie Rail Trail is very pleased to be apart of what is going on here in Springville,” said Gary Willert, co-chair of the Erie Cattaraugus Rail Trail.”Springville has led the way and continues to show their leadership to other municipalities that are attached to this line. We are very fortunate for the work that has been done here.” Erie Cattaraugus Rail Trail is working to convert an inactive 27-mile line of the BuffaloPittsburgh Railway into a multiuse recreational trail connecting Orchard Park, Aurora, West Falls, Colden, East Concord, Springville and West Valley. The Springville “Pop Warner” Rail Trail is a 1.8-mile trail and the first section to be developed and open for public use.

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