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The Buffalo News - - CITY&REGION - Off Main Street is writ­ten with con­tri­bu­tions from Step­net T. Wat­son and Barbara O’Brien.

Spring is here in some towns but it’s still win­ter in Amherst

The towns of Amherst and Ton­awanda don’t see eye to eye – or curb to curb – when it comes to the overnight park­ing bans that most of Erie County’s suburbs im­pose dur­ing the win­ter.

Ton­awanda is of­ten the first com­mu­nity to lift the park­ing ban in March or even February when the fore­cast is fa­vor­able. And the town some­times de­lays the start of the park­ing ban in the fall if snow isn’t on the im­me­di­ate hori­zon.

Amherst, how­ever, tends not to budge on its Nov. 1 to April 1 overnight park­ing ban – at least un­der Su­per­vi­sor Brian Kulpa.

The Town of Ton­awanda, Ken­more, Cheek­towaga and the Vil­lage of Lan­caster have all lifted their bans. This past fall, the Town of Ton­awanda waited un­til De­cem­ber to put it in place.

And one year ago, Ton­awanda acted even ear­lier – in February – in lift­ing the ban.

Amherst, un­der Kulpa’s pre­de­ces­sor, Barry We­in­stein, re­laxed the ban early on oc­ca­sion. But Kulpa has held fast.

“I’m a lit­tle bit of a cur­mud­geon for do­ing that,” Kulpa said.

Kulpa said Ton­awanda Su­per­vi­sor Joseph Em­minger called him a year ago to say Ton­awanda was lift­ing its ban early and to ask if Amherst would do the same. Kulpa said no and pre­dicted flur­ries would fol­low.

The re­gion did get some snow a few days after Ton­awanda acted, and res­i­dents did have to move their ve­hi­cles to make way for plows.

Kulpa said he reached out to Em­minger to say, “I told you so, Joe,” but Em­minger doesn’t re­call that con­ver­sa­tion.

“I would make the de­ci­sion that I made last year again,” Em­minger said, say­ing res­i­dents and the town’s plow crews eas­ily han­dled the 2 inches or so of snow.

“Peo­ple use com­mon sense,” he said.

Check your left hand …

If you were at Grand Is­land Town Hall ear­lier this month, and the wed­ding band you nor­mally wear isn’t there now, stop by the Town Clerk’s Of­fice ASAP. They might have what you’re miss­ing.

A res­i­dent found a wed­ding band near the mail­box out­side Town Hall on the morn­ing of March 7 and brought it into the of­fice, Town Clerk Pat­tie Frentzel said. Frentzel said she sus­pects it was some­one who stopped by Town Court or the satel­lite Depart­ment of Mo­tor Ve­hi­cles of­fice, both of which op­er­ate on Wed­nes­days.

“That hap­pens a lot,” Frentzel said, not­ing that keys, glasses and other items of­ten turn up in and around Town Hall.

She de­clined to de­scribe the band in great de­tail – that’s how they want to re­con­nect it with its owner – but said it could be­long to a man based on its size.

The town has had a post about the wed­ding band on its web­site since it was turned in, but so far no one has claimed it.

Call 773-9600 if you think it be­longs to you. It’s kept in an of­fice safe in the mean­time.

When a re­porter started ask­ing Frentzel ques­tions about the post, she laughed, “Why, did you lose a wed­ding ring?” (Not yet.)

‘Fun? Wow!’ was taken

This year’s Erie County Fair will be Sum­merific, ac­cord­ing to the fair.

The 2019 cam­paign, com­plete with poster, de­scrib­ing the “best 12 days of sum­mer” in West­ern New York aims to em­body the dy­namic and fun-filled at­mos­phere of the fair.

“It’s the feeling you have when the weather is warm, the days are long and the sum­mer just can’t get any bet­ter,” said Erie County Fair CEO Jessica Un­der­berg.

“It’s a place where the food tastes amaz­ing, the mu­sic makes you dance, and ev­ery­one has a smile. It’s the lights, the ex­cite­ment, the thrills and the heart­beats.”

Last year the Erie County Fair was rec­og­nized as hav­ing the “Best Over­all Mar­ket­ing Cam­paign in North Amer­ica” by the In­ter­na­tional As­so­ci­a­tion of Fairs and Ex­po­si­tions.

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