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2017-10-12 / Editorial

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West Seneca Editor

PAPER WITH VALUE — The West Seneca Community Center and Library project is on schedule for completion in spring, and with the nearing deadline comes a large bill for cost of construction.

Along the way, funding has been announced to help offset the overall cost of the project.

A $5,000 grant has been awarded to the West Seneca Public Library to support computer technology and security purchases.

State Sen. Patrick Gallivan secured grants for 11 public libraries in Erie County, totaling $32,500.

“Public libraries enrich the lives of residents of all ages by providing access to books, films, computers and the internet,” Gallivan said. “People can do research, advance their education, write a resume or search for a job from the comfort of their neighborhood library. It’s important to make sure these facilities have the resources necessary to meet the needs of the communities they serve.”

The grants are to be used for technology related programs and services, including the purchase of computer equipment, or security-related items.

BUNDLE UP — If you want to help keep Buffalo families a little warmer this season, make sure you stop by Jericho Road Community Health Center’s annual winter outerwear distribution next week.

Bundle Up Buffalo will take place from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, Oct. 21, at Our Lady of Hope, 18 Greenwood Place. The goal of the event is to provide new or gently used winter coats, mittens and gloves, scarves, hats, boots and blankets to families in Buffalo who might need them.

Sweaters, sweatshirts, pants, sneakers or undergarments will not be collected.

According to the Jericho Road Community Health Center, the need is particularly great for the resettled refugee communities in Buffalo who often come from much warmer climates and might not be prepared for Western New York’s winters.

The first Bundle Up Buffalo was held in 2010 and was organized by then-AmeriCorps member Krista Schwartzott, who saw the need for outerwear among the refugee clients of the Hope Refugee Drop-In Center.

Outerwear donation drop-offs will be accepted from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Oct. 16-20, at the Loretto Ministry Center, 301 14th St. in Buffalo.

Volunteers are needed for sorting and organizing donations from 5 to 8 p.m. Friday, Oct. 20, and for assisting with distribution from 8:15 a.m. to 1:15 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 21.

To volunteer at the event, contact Mary Schaefer at 348-3000, ext. 405, or mary.schaefer@jrchc.org. Individuals also can sign up online at www.jrchc.org/help/events/.

Monetary donations are also accepted to purchase items of greatest need.

ELECTION POLICY — No letters to the editor or political briefs will be published about any Town Board or other local candidates after Oct. 25. The deadline for those editions is Friday, Oct. 20.

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