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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.