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2017-09-14 / Editorial

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West Seneca Editor

NEVER FORGET — It’s hard to believe that 16 years have passed since the attack on the Twin Towers on Sept. 11, 2001. Despite the passing of time, I’m sure all Americans who witnessed the tragedy remember exactly where they were that morning. I know I do.

My purple notebook, with its shiny spiral binding and my name printed large and imperfect on the front cover, will forever be iconic in my memory of this day. I was in fifth grade at Robert Morris Elementary School, and that year we were asked to bring a notebook to use with our daily active reading exercises.

Just like every morning, we grabbed our chapter books and corresponding notebooks, my teacher turned on the radio low, and we set off on our assignment, not realizing the song was soon to be interrupted by an emergency announcement. Hearing the details from the small clock radio on the teacher’s desk, I dropped my head in fear and stared down at the purple notebook.

As far as memories of that day, mine is fairly innocent, as one would expect from a 9-year-old. Then again, nothing from that day was expected.

DESTINATION IMAGINATION — Destination Imagination teams are now forming for the 2017-18 school year.

Designed for students of all ages, the program promotes teamwork by having groups of five to seven students work together to solve two types of challenges.

Main challenges are developed by Destination Imagination Inc. and are something that teams spend most of the school year working on. Instant challenges are quick and to be solved in five to eight minutes. Teams work on both during their weekly meetings.

Teams then compete in regional tournaments to showcase their solutions to main challenges, which, if successful, lead to state and national competitions.

For more information, visit www.nydi.org.

GREAT PUMPKIN FARM OPENING — The Great Pumpkin Farm’s Fall Festival will celebrate its 22nd year when it opens at 10 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 16.

Visitors can pick out pumpkins, homemade doughnuts, pies, cookies and pastries, selecting the perfect Halloween decorations and watching special events, such as the World Pumpkin Pie Eating Contest, the Trebuchet Contest and Oinktoberfest.

This year, the Great Pumpkin Farm has declared opening weekend — Sept. 16 and 17 — to be Armed Forces Weekend, in collaboration with WNYHeroes Inc. The regular admission fee will be waived for military, police or fire department personnel who present proper identification to WNYHeroes representatives at the gate, and they will also be permitted to bring in one guest free of charge.

The first 200 military, police or fire personnel through the gates on opening weekend will receive a “goodie bag” that includes gifts from The Great Pumpkin Farm, WNYHeroes and festival sponsors. A special happy hour will take place at the Witches Brew, inside the Pumpkin Palace, from 2 to 5 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 16, and Sunday, Sept. 17. There will be live music, and a military veteran will serve as bartender. All tips will go directly to WNYHeroes.

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