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Editorial: Bits and pieces from the news

If anyone needed proof that the issues surrounding DACA involve simple humanity, and neither conservative nor liberal politics, consider that all three Western New York congressmen support action to make the “Dreamers” legal in this country.

It would have surprised no one that Rep. Brian Higgins, D-Buffalo, is on board with putting legislative muscle behind the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program. Many might have been surprised, though, that the area’s two Republican representatives also support the goal. Reps. Chris Collins, R-Clarence, and Tom Reed, R-Corning, both want to avoid the trauma that deporting these innocent people would cause.

So, who wants them gone? We’re not sure how to describe them other than heartless.

It’s always sad when community mainstays fall by the wayside. It’s become more common as the internet forges new economies while leaving older models behind, often in tatters. And now, it’s happened again.

Niagara Hobby & Craft Mart has fallen victim to the internet sellers and big box stores that have long strained locally owned businesses. The Cheektowaga store had been a regular stop for model train aficionados, doll house dreamers and other hobbyists.

It’s gone now. The kind of wares it traded in will be available from other sellers, it’s true, but none of them has a 1949 caboose to put on smile on their customers’ faces.

It’s the holy grail of any business deal: One in which everyone wins and, in this case, everyone includes the people of Western New York.

Developer John R. Yurtchuk, a former chairman of the local Red Cross chapter, is buying the Clement Mansion on Delaware Avenue from the Red Cross and donating it to the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra for its executive offices. The BPO will occupy part of the building and lease the rest to the Red Cross.

Yurtchuck, meanwhile, plans to split the mansion and front lawn from the buildings in the rear, which he hopes to redevelop for office, medical or other commercial tenants. Some or all of the space could also become a nonprofit campus or incubator in partnership with the John R. Oishei Foundation.

This community has a wonderful way of coming together to preserve its greatest assets, such as the BPO and the Clement Mansion, itself. Yurtchuck has done well for Buffalo and for himself. It’s a stroke of genius.

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