Contributions to flood-prevention efforts by local businesses were recognized by the Town Board, which declared March 24 as Community Service Appreciation Day.
Earlier this month, volunteer crews from Edbauer Construction and Union Concrete and Construction, which are based in the town, joined forces to build a temporary flood wall in the Lexington Green neighborhood. That area, off Mineral Springs Road, was devastated by ice jam flooding on Buffalo Creek in January and threatened again during a February warm-up.
They assembled a wall of large sandbags to bolster the berm that runs behind several backyards.
“Community service represents a unique public-private partnership that invests in community solutions and leverages non-government resources to strengthen community impact and increase the return on taxpayer dollars,” Town Supervisor Sheila M. Meegan said, in part, last week, reading from the proclamation presented during the Town Board meeting.
Meegan urged residents to recognize the positive impact of community service from Bob Hill and his crew at Union Concrete and Construction, as well as Bill Bauer and Ed Keleman and their crew at Edbauer Construction.
While the recent flooding has brought the town more than its share of attention from the media - particularly television, Monday’s honors were delivered in a more low-key manner without cameras present.
“They like to keep things under the radar, these gentlemen,” Meegan said. “They don’t care for that media attention.”
Also this week:
• Registrations are being accepted for Spring Wonders Camp, at Burchfield Nature & Art Center, for kindergartners through fourth-graders during the upcoming April school break. Camp will be held from 1 to 3 p.m. on April 15, 16 and 17 and will feature a variety of fun, educational activities. Class sizes are limited; pre-registration is required and is being accepted on a first-come basis. The cost is $10 per session or $25 for all three, and there’s a discount for families with more than one child attending. Visit www.burchfieldnac.org of stop the by center, at 2001 Union Road, for registration forms.
• West Seneca East Trojan Football is hosting its annual fish fry fundraising dinner from 3 to 7 p.m. Friday in the East Senior High School cafeteria, 4760 Seneca St. Chicken finger dinners also will be available; dinners are takeout only. The price is $11 for fish and $9 for chicken. Tickets will be sold at the door or you can call Joe Beres at 587-2460.