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2018-11-08 / Editorials

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East Aurora Editor

DEWEY FAREWELL — During Monday’s Village Board meeting, Mayor Peter Mercurio presented Lowell Dewey with a proclamation honoring his work with the village.

Dewey recently stepped down from the Planning Commission, where he had been a member and vice chairman for the past 14 years. Prior to that, Dewey served on the Village Board as a trustee from 1994 to 2004. He also served on a number of subcommittees, including public works and capital projects, and was the town recreation representative. He also played an integral role in the conception and development of the Mid-Main Zoning District.

Planning Commission Chairman Dan Castle said Dewey has always been a champion of what is in the best interest of the village, and it has been an honor to serve with him. Castle also estimated that Dewey, a professional engineer, has saved the village around $200,000 in consulting fees by lending his expertise on engineering issues. It was also noted that Dewey has attended more than 750 meetings on behalf of the village, although Castle calls that a “low estimate.”

Congratulations, Lowell Dewey.

CHAMBER GIFTS — The Greater East Aurora Chamber of Commerce is offering shoppers a chance to buy gift certificates to be used at a variety of retailers in East Aurora, Elma, Holland and surrounding areas. The certificates are sold in $5,$10 and $25 increments and can be purchased from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday at the chamber office, 652 Main St.

A list of participating businesses can be found at www.eanycc.com.

SHARED SPACE — The agreement to combine town and village offices is almost official — the key word being almost. During Monday’s Village Board meeting, there was an item on the agenda for the mayor to sign an agreement with the town for the creation and sharing of municipal offices at 575 and 587 Oakwood Ave. However, there are a few things the lawyers want to review before anything is officially signed, so the item was tabled until the Nov. 19 meeting.

WINTER PARKING — The winter parking ban in the Village of East Aurora and the Town of Aurora will begin Thursday, Nov. 15, and will last until April. No cars will be allowed to park on the street from 2 to 7 a.m. Tickets may be issued to those who violate the rule.

PANCAKE BREAKFAST — Boy Scout Troop 618 will host a pancake breakfast from 7:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 11, at St. Gabriel’s Parish Hall, 5271 Clinton St., Elma. Meals cost $6 for adults, $3 for children ages 4 to 10, and are free for children younger than 4. The breakfast will also include a bake sale and silent auction.

VOICE YOUR OPINION — One way to express your opinion is to write a letter to the editor and email it to katep@beenews.com. The Bee’s policy states that letters to the editor cannot exceed 300 words; must include your name and street address; and no one may have a letter published more than once every four weeks. Should you have an idea for a story or wish to have a candid conversation about the happenings in town, please e-mail or call me directly at 204-4918.

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