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APRIL 13-19, 2018 VOLUME 3 ISSUE 15

Your Hometown Newspaper

The official newspaper of the Town of Concord and the Village of Springville, serving Springville, the surrounding communities and Springville-Griffith Institute Central Schools

We As we took photos of the spring sports teams in the middle and high school gymnasiums this week, it was evident the student-athletes couldn’t wait to get outside. And with the very recent — although perhaps short lived — batch of warm weather, here’s hoping we can at least get a couple spring sports games and contests in this month! After all that indoor practicing, our athletes deserve it! And also as winter begins to loosen its grip on the area, that also means there will be more and more events taking place. We hope you continue to check our our community calendar, which is published each week. We recently updated it and really love how many various things there are to do over the next few weekends and into the second half of April. It was a treat this week to sit down with Clara Vredenburg as she chatted about her 100 years. And although she was presented with a proclamation from the Erie County Legislature on Monday, she’s not the only one celebrating 100 years. Marion Hornung, also of Springville, is also becoming a centenarian this month. Both ladies were expected to be celebrated on Thursday at the Concord Senior Center. Happy birthday! Have good news to share? Email us at info@ or stop by our office at 65 E. Main St. in Springville.

Upcoming Events April 20 Songwriter’s Showcase SCA

Bread of Life SGI Varsity Outreach to Host ‘Chair-ity’ Event Football Schedule


By Rich Place By Rich Place A unique new event set to take place later this month will help raise funds for the Bread of Life Outreach (BOLO) — and it’ll be highlighted by a silent auction for one-of-a-kind artisan decorated chairs. Called Seats for Eats, the event is scheduled for 6 to 9 p.m. Tuesday, April 24 at the Colden Fire Hall at 8448 Gutekunst Road. “This event promises to be a lot of fun, first of all,” explained Corin Scharlock, marketing director with BOLO. “Having the room decorated with these decorated chairs will sort of serve as a conversation piece and an ice breaker. It’ll be a great opportunity for folks to come out and meet their neighbors.”

The leaves may not yet have appeared on the trees, but Section VI recently unveiled its 2018 master football schedule to get fans and teams ready for when autumn comes knocking at the door. For the SGI Griffins varsity football team, the schedule includes a healthy mix of old and new opponents and four home games, including a Thursday night matchup in early October that’s part of a three-game homestand to end the regular season. Absent from the schedule is Dunkirk — a team SGI has played for at least the last decade — due in part to some changes in the Class B alignment, according to Rob Valenti, SGI varsity head coach and Section VI Class B chairman. Meanwhile, traditional rivals Pioneer and Olean are on the schedule again for another year. The Griffins will begin their season Friday, Aug. 31 in Bemus Point against Maple Grove, marking the first time in history the teams will face each other. The Red Dragons advanced to the state Class D Championship last year before losing to Cambridge. See Griffins Football page 4

See Seats for Eats page 6

Renew, Restore at Women’s Retreat By Alicia Dziak Being a woman means many things. It means working hard well beyond the typical work day. It means being a mother, a daughter, a wife, a sister, a friend. It means taking care of others, and let’s be honest, quite often forgetting or not leaving time to take care of yourself. In a world of constantly meeting work deadlines, driving carpools, refereeing kids and helping maintain a somewhat presentable household, treating yourself to a break every now and then is not only well-deserved but also important. Enter the Women’s Day Retreat, an upcoming event on June 16 organized by Jessica Raymond, owner of Colden’s rSpace yoga studio. “The Women’s Day Retreat manifested from a conversation around the (rSpace) Juice Bar,” said Raymond. “A few of us ladies were just talking about our own self doubts, the inner critic inside all of our heads pointing the finger at all our so called short comings. It was amazing to notice the veil of shame remove itself as the conversation continued, forming realization that we’re not alone, we are not the only one sometimes struggling and more importantly we were enough. The Retreat Day is intended to renew, restore, and empower women to feel and

April 22 Taste of the Southtowns

SPORTS PAGES 4-5 Sports schedule Football Ski racing Health & Fitness Race Rundown





April 21 BCH Women’s Association Basket Raffle

195 West Main Street, Springville, NY (716)592-2881

Clara Vredenburg turns 100 ... see page 3





find their best self with the support of friends, family and community. Throughout the day, women will have the opportunity to move in different style classes (fitness and yoga inspired), attend discussion groups, hands on workshops, visit our holistic health center, enjoy a cocktail with lunch, be pampered at our beauty bar and more!” The Women’s Day Retreat will be held at the Pioneer Camp and Retreat Center, located at 9324 Lake Shore Rd. in Angola. “In many ways, I feel like the location choose us!” Raymond said. “A friend shared a post with me highlighting the rock wall and fitness trails at the Pioneer Camp and Retreat Center as something to check out. We were still on the search for the location of the Retreat at this point and as soon as I checked out their site, I knew it was the right place.” Raymond further explained that with the overall idea of what the day would look like, she knew they wanted something needed waterfront (for Stand Up Paddleboard Yoga), that had plenty of outdoor space, but also indoor space in case it was needed for “plan B”. She was also looking for a place that was close enough for a day trip but also far enough away that guests truly felt like they were getting away. “As soon as I stepped onto the campus the entire vision came See Women’s Retreat page 5

Springville Photographers Preserving the Past

who they were. In our little town alone, we had so Looking back to all the wonderful, many photographers over they years, delightful photographs that we have and I want to share some of their history with you.From 1872 to 1889, Ann Pierce in our archives, I’m sure you have had a studio on the corner of Main and some of your own in various photo Buffalo Streets. Her ad from 1875 says albums and boxes that your aunts, to bring the babies and little children on uncles and grandparents kept and a bright day between the hours of 10 a.m. passed on to you. You know the and 3 p.m. “You will be sure of a good ones I am talking about— the ones picture!” where there is a person standing On the opposite corner from her or sitting in front of a house, or a photography studio, also on Main and barn with a cat or dog next to it, Buffalo Streets, was the photography and the only thing on the back is the name of the dog or cat, no date, studio of S E Spaulding. Spaulding purchased the gallery and equipment no name of the person, no idea of a former photographer here in town for sure where it is even taken or from M. Gaylord. He was continuously when, but it is your family…. or involved in photography, having a studio is it? Who took the pictures in the on Main St. and later at his house, up 1800s and 1900s? You would go until his death in 1923. During the and have a photograph taken, or Civil War, he was in the 116th NY Vol. the photographer would come to your event and take photos for you. Company F as a drummer and later on, he played the horn with the brass band. Then in the late 1800s, there were ads for cameras where you to could In time of battle, he would often be found assisting the wounded. His first take great photos yourself. And of ads indicate that he did “Photographs, forefathers sure did. They never thought that anyone would not know

By Jolene Hawkins

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