Weekly Feature



2017-12-07 / Editorial

Out of the Past

25 Years Ago Dec. 10, 1992


SENECA SNOW SNAKE GAME — During the time when the area that was to become West Seneca was part of the Buffalo Creek Reservation, the Seneca Indians who lived here enjoyed various sports and games. One winter pastime was the game of snow snake, pictured. Long poles or sticks were thrown down a snow trough for distance. These sticks were specially carved and waxed for longer distances. 
Photo and caption courtesy of Jim Pace, West Seneca town historian SENECA SNOW SNAKE GAME — During the time when the area that was to become West Seneca was part of the Buffalo Creek Reservation, the Seneca Indians who lived here enjoyed various sports and games. One winter pastime was the game of snow snake, pictured. Long poles or sticks were thrown down a snow trough for distance. These sticks were specially carved and waxed for longer distances. Photo and caption courtesy of Jim Pace, West Seneca town historian • At the end of December, West Seneca’s engineering department will lose 126 years of experience to early retirement incentives. The staff will be cut in half — from eight workers to four — until two of the positions are rehired. Two positions will not be refilled, leaving George Montz to make due with less. “If it takes us three days instead of two, we’ll still get the job done,” Montz said at Monday night’s town board meeting. Supervisor Paul Clark said the town will save about $165,000 through a total of six early retirements, which also includes two highway department employees.

• After several weeks of discussion, all of the components for the town’s sanitation and lighting referendum are now firmly in place. The most noteworthy detail — the determination of who will be allowed to vote Tuesday, Jan. 5 — was decided Monday. The board will allow all registered voters in West Seneca to take part in the referendum, which will be held just as a general election would.

• A playground project planned for Centennial Park is well on the way to getting off the ground thanks to a generous donation, according to organizers. The project, spearheaded by both town and community leaders, got a boost from the announcement that Nino’s Pizzeria on Orchard Park Road plans to front $10,000 for its construction. A committee was formed more than a month ago to determine the feasibility of erecting a new playground at Centennial, which currently has aging equipment.

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