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2017-01-19 / Editorial

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West Seneca Editor

WARM WELCOME — It’s never easy to return from a vacation, no matter how brief. This week, I stepped back into my editor pants and was greeted with the warm welcome of many in the town, a grace I had not expected and am humbled by.

From passers-by at the West Seneca Police Department to the members of the Board of Education, dedicated readers showed their appreciation for my return and anxiously quizzed me on my adventures in the South.

I was taken aback, not by the kindnesses found in many corners of West Seneca, but by the genuine interest expressed by individuals who I had not realized were paying close attention to my life.

It is a wonderful feeling, to be missed, and it makes coming back that much easier. Thank you.

I wish I could say that it won’t happen again, but if I brought home one thing from my travels, it is a zest for more opportunities to explore the many areas of this wide world, and I encourage every one of my readers to take each chance they are presented to do the same.

YMCA SEEKS SUPPORT — The Southtowns YMCA is seeking the community’s support for its annual theme basket event, which will be held Saturday, Feb. 11, through Sunday, Feb. 19, at the branch located at 1620 Southwestern Blvd. in West Seneca.

More than 100 theme baskets, including specialty baskets with Buffalo Bills autographed items, will be available for raffle.

Tickets are $5 for a sheet of 25 or $10 for three sheets of 25. Tickets may be purchased at the branch from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 11, and Sunday, Feb. 12; 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday, Feb. 13, and Tuesday, Feb. 14; 7:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 15, as well as Thursday, Feb. 16, and Friday, Feb. 17; and from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 18, and Sunday, Feb. 19.

Winners will be drawn on Monday, Feb. 20, and participants do not need to be present to win. Theme basket and monetary donations are being accepted at the branch.

Proceeds raised through the event will support the YMCA’s charitable mission to serve all members of the community, regardless of a person’s ability to pay. In 2016, the Southtowns YMCA provided more than $180,000 in financial assistance, making it possible for more than 500 families in need to take part in and benefit from programs such as before and after-school child care, summer camp and Live Strong at the YMCA.

For information on the basket raffle or on programs offered through the YMCA, call 674-9622 or stop in the branch, and visit www.ymcabn.org.

FISH FRY ANNOUNCEMENTS — With Ash Wednesday and the observance of Lent coming up on March 1, The Bee would like to remind churches and community groups about our procedure for publishing fish fry announcements. We publish these announcements up to and including the editions of March 1 and 2. The deadline for those papers is Friday, Feb. 24. Afterward, the announcements will be forwarded to our Advertising Department. Information on placing an ad for fish fry dinners can be obtained by contacting Advertising Sales Director Mary Anne Cappon at 204-4937 or at macappon@beenews.com.

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