Weekly Feature

2018-10-11 / Editorial

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Orchard Park Editor

MEET AND GREET — Elections are around the corner, and interest in this year’s election is gathering excitement.

It’s important for residents to have information about who is running in both the local and state races.

The Sierra Club Niagara Group is holding an Endorsed Challengers Meet & Greet Rally from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday, Oct. 12, at UAW Region 9 Hall, located at 35 George Karl Blvd., No. 100, just off Wehrle Drive near Transit Road, in Amherst.

The event is free and open to the general public. Residents will have an opportunity to hear each candidate briefly describe his/her platform and their views on a variety of environmental topics. Also, Rep. Brian Higgins will introduce candidate Nate McMurray, who is running for U.S. Congressional District 27.

At the event, there will be food and beverages available.

The following candidates will be present at the rally: Nate McMurray for U.S. Congress, District 27; Joan Elizabeth Seamans for state Senate, District 61; Carima El-Behairy for state Senate, District 60; Karen McMahon for Assembly, District 146; Patrick Burke for Assembly, District 142; Michelle Roman for mayor of Lockport; and Luke Wochensky for Assembly, District 147.

Later this month, the League of Women Voters of Buffalo/Niagara will present a Candidates Forum at 7 p.m. Monday, Oct. 22, at Amherst Town Hall, 5583 Main St.

All candidates for election to offices that serve residents of the Town of Amherst have been invited, and candidates who participate must abide by League rules.

The program is free, and everyone is welcome and encouraged to attend.

FIRE PREVENTION — Fire Prevention Month is underway and Fire Prevention Week (Oct. 7-13) is taking place this week.

The Firemen’s Association of the State of New York is urging New Yorkers to take note of basic fire safety tips and advice that can help save lives. In particular, FASNY asks that all New Yorkers ensure their smoke alarms are in proper working order so that they, and their families, are protected against fires. FASNY specifically encourages New Yorkers to install smoke alarms equipped with sealed-in, non-removable batteries that last for 10 years. These alarms do not require any battery changes during their lifespan and are nearly impossible to disable.

Most fatal fires happen between midnight and 8 a.m., and it takes only a few moments for fire to spread through a house.

Occupants of a burning home may only have minutes to escape before being overcome by the smoke and flames. Working smoke alarms help ensure that people are awakened and able to take advantage of those precious minutes.

WAIT TILL NEXT YEAR — Those hoping to see the South Buffalo Street water tower get a new coat of paint will have to wait until 2019.

Building Inspector Andrew Geist informed town officials of the change during the Oct. 3 Town Board work session.

The work was expected to be completed this summer.

Geist said there is a daycare at the base of the tower that will be closing, which has been the hold-up on construction.

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