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2018-10-11 / Editorial

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West Seneca Editor

HAPPY BIRTHDAY — When I first started with The Bee as a reporter, one of the story assignments to frequently hit my desk was that of individuals celebrating milestone birthdays.

Many afternoons were spent contemplating what it would be like to live more than 100 years, unable to fathom what my life would be like one birthday from then.

I thought often of all the change these individuals must have experienced. The advent of the automobile and airplane. Wars. The stock market crash and Great Depression. The Civil Rights movement and the election of our first black president. The rapid advancement of science and technology.

As I celebrate another birthday today, I’m lost in thought of all I might witness during my lifetime.

NATIONAL BULLYING PREVENTION MONTH — During the Oct. 4 session, the Erie County Legislature introduced a proclamation recognizing October as National Bullying Prevention Month in Erie County.

“It is important to emphasize the importance of bullying prevention,” said Legislator Joseph Lorigo. “In many situations, victims are not connected with the proper resources until after bullying takes place. This month, I urge everyone to speak out against bullying in hopes we can protect our children and eliminate this kind of unacceptable behavior.”

“With the rise in cyber-bullying, anti-bullying efforts are important now more than ever,” said Legislator Lynne Dixon. “Children deserve to feel safe in any situation. Recognizing bullying prevention month is a way to draw awareness to this important issue and put a stop to bullying before it happens.”

For more information on bullying prevention efforts, visit stopbully ing.gov. or contact the Western New York Anti-Bully Project at sup port@antibullyproject.org.

CONGRESS ON YOUR CORNER — Rep. Brian Higgins’ office will have staff at the West Seneca Senior Citizens Center from 9 a.m. to noon Friday, Oct. 19, at 4620 Seneca St. as part of Higgins’ October “Congress on Your Corner.” Higgins said satellite sites are offered throughout the district to better serve the needs of constituents.

FIRE PREVENTION — Fire Prevention Month is under way and Fire Prevention Week (Oct. 7-13) is taking place this week.

The Firemen’s Association of the State of New York is urging New Yorkers to take note of basic fire safety tips and advice that can help save lives. In particular, FASNY asks that all New Yorkers ensure their smoke alarms are in proper working order so that they, and their families, are protected against fires. FASNY specifically encourages New Yorkers to install smoke alarms equipped with sealed-in, non-removable batteries that last for 10 years. These alarms do not require any battery changes during their lifespan and are nearly impossible to disable.

Most fatal fires happen between midnight and 8 a.m., and it takes only a few moments for fire to spread through a house.

Occupants of a burning home may only have minutes to escape before being overcome by the smoke and flames. Working smoke alarms help ensure that people are awakened and able to take advantage of those precious minutes.

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