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Speed limit changes suggested on roads

After conducting a study, Grand Island's Traffic Safety Advisory Board is suggesting speed limit changes on some stretches of the town's roads.

The board is recommending changing the speed limit on Fix Road from 35 to 45 mph on the portion from Hidden Oaks Drive to West River Road; on Huth Road from Baseline Road to Stony Point Road from 30 to 35 mph; and on Stony Point Road from East River Road to Whitehaven Road from 40 to 45 mph.

Speed limit reductions were recommended for more than 30 other roads that would bring speed limits from 35 to 30 mph in order to better coincide with traffic speeds in surrounding areas.



Summerfest planned at various sites

Summerfest in the Town of Tonawanda will be held Aug. 10-12 at various town sites.

Am Aug. 10 ice cream social for grandparents and grandchildren at the senior center kicks off the annual event. Call 874-3266 for more information and to register.

Additional activities are scheduled at Lincoln Pool, Brighton Arena and Lincoln Park.

For details on all activities, call the town's Youth, Parks & Recreation Department at 831-1001 or visit



Hot dog roast planned to benefit library

Erie County Legislator John J. Mills, R-Orchard Park, will hold a hot dog roast Thursday to raise money for the Town of Concord public library.

The roast will run from 4 to 8 p.m. at the Hulbert Library of the Town of Concord, 18 Chapel St., Springville. Hot dogs cost $1, and Italian sausage costs $2.

Mills, the Legislature's minority leader, has held similar fundraisers at the five public and community libraries in his district for the past five years. They have raised $17,000 to date.

Also Thursday, the library is putting on a theme basket auction and 5 0/5 0 drawing, a bake sale from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. and a performance by Paul Zittel and Pure Country at 6:30 p.m. at nearby Fiddler's Green Park.



Police Department hires six officers

Six new officers have been hired for the Town of Tonawanda Police Department, filling vacancies created by retirements.

The temporary appointments, effective Thursday, were approved last week by the Tonawanda Town Board. Each officer will receive an annual salary of $51,956 plus a holiday pay stipend of $3,897.

The new officers are Sarah Fotheringham, Michael Lewandowski, Mark Scanio, Amanda Taber, Brian Valint and David Williams.

Those whose retirements are pending or already taken are Detective Kenneth Reed, who was hired in February 1982; Lt. James Sibbet, who was hired in January 1990; Officer Gary Adamek, who was hired in February 1983; Detectives Martin and Bruce Schmidt, who were hired in February 1984; and Lt. William Miller, who was hired in February 1982.

Also, Officer David Price was promoted earlier this year to lieutenant, following Sibbet's retirement.



Penn Dixie offering nighttime program

Penn Dixie's Mid-Summer's Night Adventure-Fossil-Astronomy program will take place Aug. 13.

Gates open at 5 p.m. at the Hamburg quarry. Boy Scout Troop 409 will sell hot dogs, chips and drinks. Telescopes will be focusing on sunspots and solar flares through filtered lenses, and fossils will be found until dusk.

After dark, visitors will search for fossils by lantern light, and the telescopes will be focusing on the heavenly bodies in the Penn Dixie skies until 11 p.m.

Telescopes will focus on Saturn, a full moon rising in the east at about 9 p.m., a variety of constellations and some Perseid meteors beginning at about 10 p.m., if they are not washed out by the full moon.

Bring a pail or plastic bag for fossils, small shovels for children, hammers and chisels, safety glasses and a flashlight or lantern. This event will take place rain or shine.

The price is $7 for adults, $6 for children 12 and under. Children 2 and under are free, and Penn Dixie members are free.

For more information, call 627-4560, or visit the web site,



Democratic Committee makes endorsements

The Elma Democratic Committee has endorsed candidates for the November election.

John Schmelzer, a former dog control officer and firefighter, was endorsed for a two-year term as supervisor.

Endorsed for four-year terms on the Town Board are Anne K. Fanelli, an Elma Library trustee, and David Polak, an attorney and former town councilman.

Incumbent Joseph Sakowski was endorsed for another term as town justice.



Village will stage three days of fun

Carnival games, rides and concessions will be part of the first Depew Days, scheduled for Aug. 19 through 21 at Firemen's Park, Terrace Boulevard and Erie Street.

Fun For Everyone Shows Inc. of Cheektowaga is putting on the event through the village Youth and Recreation Department.

It will go on at no cost to the Village of Depew, village officials said.

The hours for the event are 6 p.m to 10 p.m. Aug. 19 and 1 p.m. to 10 p.m. Aug. 20 and 21.

For more information, contact the village Youth and Recreation Department at 684-6914.



Suggestion Box available online

The Town of Amherst website now boasts a virtual Citizen Suggestion Box for town residents after wooden suggestion boxes inside Town Hall went unchecked for years.

The online Citizen Suggestion Box has a link on the town's home page. It received five suggestions in the first week it was up, all of which were received by the Town Board on Monday.

The Citizen Suggestion Box may be reached at