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September 24, 2012


Lockport Union-Sun & Journal

Lockport Union-Sun & Journal — Good Morning Dear Readers: How is everyone this week? Here it is the last week of September. Where does the time go? I truly thought we would have the Wilson Dog Park completed by now, but it appears we are looking at an early spring date. Bummer!

We’ve had our share of bad news here in the Wilson area. I’m hoping we will get this project underway so we can have some happy events here. In fact, at last Monday night’s Lions Club meeting, Lion Debbie Hendricks proposed having a “Barkus Parade” to the dog park. This would include matching costumes for owners and dogs, look-a-like contests, etc. Watch this column for details of this event.

In the meantime, you should try to visit Krueger Park to see the beautiful new “Welcome Center” being constructed there, thanks to our “Watch Wilson Grow” organization. You will be amazed at the sight. Krueger Park is located right on Route 18 as you enter the Village of Wilson from the east. The location is perfect and is on the “Seaway Trail.” The Village of Wilson is trying very hard to make this a multi-use park for all our residents to enjoy and, I’m sure, will add a much needed boost to both our state of mind and our economy.

Tuesday: Please circle that date on your calendar. That is the day the Board of Education will begin the decision-making process about cost cutting measures, including consolidation within the district. Mr. John Montesanti will be presenting many different options, and Dr. Wendt confirmed that closing buildings will be part of the discussion. He stressed that no decisions have been made yet, but also encouraged stakeholders to attend and stay informed. President Kropp stated that there will be a public forum available after the workshop, which will be held in the Middle School/High School auditorium at 7:30 p.m.

In student news this week, congratulations to the current Athletes of the Week: varsity field hockey player Cassie Carr and varsity football quarterback, Justin Slango.

Marge Clark says: “I am again captaining a team in this year’s Alzheimer’s Association Walk to End Alzheimer’s on Saturday, September 29th at Artpark. I believe that this is my fourth year participating in this wonderful event that raises awareness and funds to advance care, support and research.

“Alzheimer’s disease is the single largest unaddressed public health threat facing the nation today. As many as 5.4.million Americans are living with the disease and nearly 15 million are acting as caregivers. We have to unite now to help end Alzheimer’s. The Alzheimer’s Association is the world’s leading voluntary health organization in Alzheimer’s care, support and research, and funds we raise will go directly toward supporting their efforts. I know first hand the good work that they do...

“Historically, The Wilson Wave team has been incredibly small in the number of walkers (0-2), but incredibly generous! Thanks to many of you, we consistently rank as one of the top fund raising teams. And this year, because Steve and I no longer have a conflict with BC Parents’ Weekend, we will also be able to walk the Walk! Please consider joining us.

“In the meantime, please donate if you can. Any donation amount is greatly appreciated! The end of Alzheimer’s starts here – with a gift from you. Together, we can make a difference! Heartfelt thanks.”

To make a donation on line just go to ALZ.org and search for Wilson and enter Marjorie Clark or just drop off donations at the Wilson Free Library, 265 Young St., Wilson, NY 14172.

Attention all kids in first to fifth grades: Harbor Town will be the place to be on Tuesday nights in Wilson. Wilson First Baptist Church, 265 Pettit St., Wilson, NY is presenting “Harbor Town” and you are invited to come hang out with cool people. There will be wild games, fast and fun music, getting crafty and best of all telling stories you will never forget. Everybody is talking about Harbor Town, so make sure you grab your family and join them tomorrow from 6:30 p.m. until 8 p.m.

For more information go to www.wilsonfbc.org/harbortown.php.

Thanks to the perseverance of the churches and some of their members, the new Wilson Community Food Bank will be up and ready for service to its community Nov. 12. The new priest, Father Jozef of St. Brenden’s on The Lake in Wilson, has offered to house the pantry in the small chapel in the back of the church. It will have its own separate entrance and exit, allowing those who chose to use the pantry their privacy. They plan on being open Tuesdays from 4 p.m. until 8 p.m.

The biggest goal will be to continue to supply the pantry with food(s). According to the Western New York Food Bank they will need to be up and running for six months at which time the statistics will be reviewed before they can be certified. After becoming certified they can then purchase food from them at a greater savings.

It is now up to the Wilson community to help keep the pantry going. Fliers will be sent home with students in the school district during September. There will be other bits of marketing around the community to let everyone know that the pantry is back. It has been said that “good things come to those who wait” and “many hands make light the work,” if you are interested in helping please contact me, Janet Hoffman at 751-0165 or jmhoffman90@yahoo.com.

The Ransomville Rural Retirees will hold their monthly meeting on Thursday, October 4 at the Ransomville Fire Hall, Rt. 93, Ransomville from 11 a.m. until 1:30 p.m. Entertainment for this month will be the Niagara Frontier Fiddler’s Club bringing us some “foot-stompin’ “ music. For the potluck please bring an extra large dish to pass, as they will join us for lunch. Come join the fun which will include door prizes and raffles. If you need more information, please contact Jan Edgerton at 716-778-8063.

From Maureen Mahar’s Blog: “As you know, the State Education Department of NYS has instituted sweeping changes this year, which has greatly altered the way your child is receiving his/her education. As one of the two teachers on the Support Our Schools Executive Council, I will be passing along my personal experiences wading through these uncharted waters.

“While the majority of the SOS website functions as an information clearinghouse, I plan to share my thoughts on the state of education in NYS today. I am starting my 17th year as a teacher at WCS, and am committed to this district and its students. I will be providing my honest feedback about NYS’s changing educational policies, which I hope will both explain (in layman’s terms) the major changes and facilitate meaningful discussion in the community.

“The future of the students attending the Wilson Central School District is being controlled less and less by local leaders, and I hope to raise awareness of the outside factors influencing your child’s education. Starting a new school year is always a bittersweet time as a teacher ... we miss the ‘old’ faces that have made it through our turnstile, while welcoming new ones. 

Although the concept of change naturally invokes a certain amount of anxiety and uneasiness, it is the foundation of our business. Every September, we press ‘restart’ and adapt to a new set of faces and a new set of circumstances and needs. Change is not something that teachers are averse to... it’s at the very core of what we do. This year, teachers across NYS are facing change on a scale that is unprecedented. The NYS Education Department (hereafter referred to as NYS Ed) has instituted major reforms, which are having a substantial and immediate impact on what we are able to accomplish in our classrooms, and dictate how we do it”.

Thursdays at 5 p.m. is the deadline for contributions to this column. Send all your good news from the Wilson, South Wilson and Ransomville areas to me at bettyhaag@verizon.net using regular e-mail text with no attachments please except pictures in jpeg format, or by phone at 751-4146.