Weekly Feature

2017-08-10 / Editorial

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West Seneca Editor

LOSING YOURSELF — It seems there is a day to celebrate just about everything, and as I sit at my computer on Aug. 9, I learn that today is National Book Lovers Day.

Anyone who has seen me around town knows that my downtime frequently means I will have my nose in a book. Last week was no different, except that my literary escapism came from a far darker motive.

The week was a rather difficult one as my family gathered close to the fifth anniversary of my aunt’s untime- ly death following a brief and arduously fought battle against cancer.

She was a strong woman with a deep laugh, full of life and a love for good books. She left behind two children and an enormous family. We have still not filled that void.

I choose to plug holes in my heart with the tales of favorite characters, in times and places that I can only visit in solitude. I have traveled to far and impossible lands, met wonderful imaginary friends, taken risks on incredible adventures and learned indelible lessons through literature.

I hope others enjoy this particular type of reprieve from reality as strongly as I do, regardless of the reason.

LIBRARY PICNIC — For the past month, the West Seneca Public Library has been busy shuffling books through its temporary building, on Legion Drive across from the splash pad and playground.

This move allows the library to continue offering its invaluable services to the community while the library building undergoes renovation and reconstruction for incorporation into the new West Seneca community center and library space at Town Hall.

To ensure that everyone is fully aware of the library’s temporary home, a West Seneca Library picnic will be offered from noon to 6 p.m. Monday, Aug. 14, at the modular building.

Hot dogs, prepared by “celebrity grillers,” will be served up from 12:30 to 2:30 p.m. Face painting, crafts, games and an appearance by Punkin’ the Clown are planned.

The event will join supporters of the library in counting down to the grand opening of the new space, slated for May 2018. For more information, call 674-2928.

GIVING BACK — If you’re looking for a quick and easy meal that gives back to the community, you’re in luck this weekend.

A benefit for Marlene McMillian, a cleaner at East Senior High School, will be held from 3 to 8 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 12, at Seneca Hose Fire Company, 2801 Seneca St. McMillian is currently battling cancer and recently lost her husband, Dick, who served as head custodian in the district. She has been a district employee since 1984. For tickets or more information on the benefit, call CSEA secretary Sheri Hawley at 997-6175.

The Save Our Western New York Children’s Psychiatric Center advocacy group will hold a BW’s chicken barbecue and basket auction fundraiser from noon to 5 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 13, at the West Seneca Senior Citizens Center, 4620 Seneca St.

Dinners are $10 presale or $12 the day of the event. Meals will be served until 4:30 p.m. The basket raffle will start after dinner and conclude at 5 p.m. Proceeds will benefit efforts to save the WNY Children’s Psychiatric Center.

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