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2018-06-07 / Editorials

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East Aurora Editor

SAVE THE DATE — There’s no shortage of things to do in East Aurora, Aurora and Elma during the summer. Here’s a look at some of the events happening this month.

The East Aurora

Music Festival will take center stage from 2 p.m. until midnight Saturday, June 9. More than 80 bands will perform in 20 venues in an effort to raise money for local organizations. Presale tickets are $10, or $15 at the door. To find a list of pre-sale vendors, visit www.eamusicfest.com.

Explore the gardens of the Roycroft Campus on an hour-long tour beginning at 11 a.m. Wednesday, June 20, at 31 S. Grove St., East Aurora. Learn about the past, present and future of the Roycroft gardens, while exploring the plants and trees that are in bloom. Guests will also learn about the importance of nature in the Arts & Crafts Movement, and the Roycroft farms located in the vicinity of East Aurora. For more information, visit www.roy croftcampuscorp.com.

The East Aurora Art Society will hold its 65th annual Outdoor Fine Art Show from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, June 23 and 24, at East Aurora Middle School, 430 Main St., East Aurora. In honor of the bicentennial, there will be a special exhibit to celebrate 200 years worth of Town of Aurora history.

PROPER MEETING ETIQUETTE — Since I started as editor in 2016, I can proudly say I’ve only missed maybe two Village Board meetings. I enjoy the people who attend these meetings, and I relish watching the board work together to overcome issues that pop up in the community.

That being said, as an audience member during these meetings, there is nothing that bothers me more than when people decide to talk while a meeting is taking place. Not only is it rude, it’s disruptive to those around you who have taken the time to attend the meetings.

This was an issue during Monday’s meeting, when one community member kept making comments to herself throughout the course of the night. I honestly believe that she didn’t even realize she was doing it and that it was not a malicious act. However, it was a distraction that needs to be addressed.

Those who wish to voice their opinion during meetings have a specific time to do so during the two speakers and communications portions of the meetings. This is the appropriate time to share your thoughts and concerns with not just the board, but with the entire community. It’s up to everyone to help keep these meetings as professional as possible.

KUDOS TO AL — I want to applaud Trustee Al McCabe for speaking on behalf of his neighbors during the public hearing for the honeybee permit. This isn’t the first time he’s been a spokesperson for the Olean Street area. Last summer, he stepped up to the plate when several of his neighbors were upset about the way they were informed about plans for a doggy day care in their area. At the time, he wasn’t a board member, but he still went out of his way to attend meetings and make sure their voices were heard. He’s a great public servant. He listens to community members and addresses their concerns. Besides that, he just comes across as a down-to-earth guy, someone you would be lucky to have as your neighbor. It’s nice to have him back on the board.

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