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2017-04-20 / Editorials

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East Aurora Editor

JOINT MEETING — As many of you know, Aurora Town Hall will be moving over to Oakwood Avenue in the next year and a half. A couple of months ago, there were questions about whether the village would join the town in that move.

This, along with several other issues that have come up at meetings, have leaders from both the town and the village realizing that there is a need to hold a joint meeting. That meeting is scheduled to take place at 7 p.m. Wednesday, April 26, at Aurora Town Hall, 300 Gleed Ave.

Hopefully, this will be a productive meeting where residents and community leaders can get answers to some of the questions surrounding the move.

HAMLIN AVENUE — Well, it looks like the local television stations have picked up on the Hamlin Avenue property story. As someone who started out in television news, I’m not surprised they are honing in on this story — especially right before the May ratings period. What I am concerned about is how they are covering the story.

Now that I’m in print, I feel somewhat protective of this issue, like it’s an egg I’ve watched hatch into a baby bird. I know how TV news works — Someone will pitch the idea of Hamlin Avenue, and that will be the story, or “package” as they call it, that the reporter is assigned for the late shows. They will need to get it done before the 11 p.m. show, and that means if the meeting goes late, like it has in the past, they might duck out early to write, edit and send it back to the station. If they are using the story for teases, that reporter will be on an even tighter deadline.

So what does that mean? It means there are key elements of the story that might be missed. It means they could end up missing the reaction of neighbors if things don’t go their way. And it means that once this vote happens, they’ll abandon the story in search of the next best thing. Sure, they might do a quick follow-up on it, but it won’t receive the kind of attention it deserves.

This is why community newspapers are so important. We become so involved with a story and spend so much time working on it that the issue takes on a more personal meaning — something that reporters from these stations can’t get just by attending one meeting.

I’ve learned so much about East Aurora and the issues that matter to this community in the almost seven months that I have been editor. I honestly love this little place. Like all of you, I want to see good things happen, and I will do everything I can to make sure people know how important Aurora, East Aurora and Elma are to the people who call it home.

As always, feel free to contact me with any questions or concerns at katep@beenews.com, or give me a call at 204-4918.

MOTHER’S DAY — Tell your mom why she’s the best with The Bee’s annual Mother’s Day contest. All children’s submissions will be published in the May 10 and 11 Classified Advertising sections. Entries must be received by Monday, May 1. One boy’s entry and one girl’s entry will be selected at random and the winners will receive a floral arrangement from Mischler’s Florist. Additional information can be found in this week’s Classifieds.

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