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2018-11-08 / Editorial

Out of the Past

25 Years Ago Nov. 11, 1993


VIGILANT FIRE HALL — Formed in 1893 and incorporated in 1896, the Vigilant Fire Hall pictured was built in 1909 and was located at Main Street and Mill Road. This photograph from 1940 shows the additional garage that was built at the right of the building. This beautiful structure was eventually replaced in 1965 by the current building. The fire department’s motto is, “Semper Vigilantia.” Photo and caption courtesy of Jim Pace, West Seneca town historian VIGILANT FIRE HALL — Formed in 1893 and incorporated in 1896, the Vigilant Fire Hall pictured was built in 1909 and was located at Main Street and Mill Road. This photograph from 1940 shows the additional garage that was built at the right of the building. This beautiful structure was eventually replaced in 1965 by the current building. The fire department’s motto is, “Semper Vigilantia.” Photo and caption courtesy of Jim Pace, West Seneca town historian • Town officials are hoping persistence will pay off in the form of two new recreation areas in West Seneca. The town learned recently that it was unsuccessful in obtaining $32,000 in funds for a two-mile nature trail near the corner of Leydecker and East and West roads. However, Supervisor Paul Clark and his staff went back to the drawing board to apply for a $105,430 grant from the New York State Department of Transportation to construct two new trails. Part of the money would be used for the “water tower site” at Leydecker and East and West, and part would help build a trail system behind Northwood Elementary School on property donated earlier this year by the late Donald Lischer.

• With last week’s election of former councilman Christopher Walsh to the West Seneca Town Board, the board will have a look that is at once familiar and brand new. Just two years ago, Walsh sat with Barbara Rudnicki on the board but was joined at that time by fellow Democrats Michael Graber and Robert Jarnot. Now, Walsh will occupy the board along with Rudnicki, Christopher Osmanski and Jerry Hicks. The rivalry between Walsh and Hicks heated up during the campaign, and it remains to be seen if it will cool. The question now becomes: Will the board have any trouble overcoming the strained relationship between Walsh and Hicks?

• West Seneca’s office paper recycling program is running at an all-time high, town officials say, and has saved 250 tons of paper so far this year.

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