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2017-04-20 / Editorial

Out of the Past

25 Years Ago April 23, 1992


WEST SENECA SPEEDWAY — During the late 1940s and early 1950s, the West Seneca Speedway operated on the grounds of the George Heusinger farm at 751 Seneca Creek Road in the Gardenville section of town. This photograph from October of 1950 shows the cars lined up for the start of the race. The bleachers full of spectators can be seen all along the left of the track. 
Photo courtesy of Jim Pace, West Seneca town historian WEST SENECA SPEEDWAY — During the late 1940s and early 1950s, the West Seneca Speedway operated on the grounds of the George Heusinger farm at 751 Seneca Creek Road in the Gardenville section of town. This photograph from October of 1950 shows the cars lined up for the start of the race. The bleachers full of spectators can be seen all along the left of the track. Photo courtesy of Jim Pace, West Seneca town historian • A group of homeowners on Clinton Street is opposed to the construction of a duplex in their area, and have banded together to try to prevent the project from getting off the ground. “All of the houses in the last 40 years that have been built in this area have been singles,” said Emily Kondziela of 4950 Clinton St., who gathered a petition of surrounding neighbors also opposed to the project. “Once one [duplex] gets in here, it will just bring the character of the neighborhood down.” The project in question is a two-family duplex, which would be built on the property between 4921 and 4951 Clinton St., between Borden and Transit roads.

• One moment Dennis Lang is chatting with a policyholder about collecting on a claim, and the next he is helping supervise the artificial insemination of a championship Hackney mare at his Seneca Creek Road barn. Diversity comes with the territory when a man mixes a career as an insurance salesman with training and breeding championship Hackney ponies. Training the ponies, which look like thoroughbred horses who have been in the dryer too long, is an everyday task. “It’s like being a dairy farmer,” Lang said. “You don’t get vacations unless you’ve got real good help. [The horses] are like babies — you’ve got to be there to feed them and take care of them.”

• A cassette deck valued at about $515 was reported stolen from a car parked at a Thorndale Avenue residence.

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