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A friendly lakefront community

What it's like:

Located on the shore of Lake Ontario, the historic Town of Wilson in Niagara County is a lakefront community that boasts a busy summer boating season, a growing wine region and a thriving farm community. Because of its proximity to both Buffalo and Niagara Falls, its residents can easily enjoy the amenities of those communities, as well.

What makes it unique:

The people. It's a friendly community where neighbors know and help each other. Although the population increases greatly every summer, there is a strong local population in both the rural and residential areas all year.

Where to go:

Tuscarora State Park. The Wilson Historical Society Museum. The annual Memorial Day Fair. The Wilson House Restaurant and Inn. The annual car show put on By the Watch Wilson Grow community organization. In addition to a number of small local businesses that are open year-round, numerous harborfront shops open every summer.

A person you should know:

Wallace Goodman, 69, is a lifelong resident of Wilson. A retired school administrator, teacher and band director, Goodman is married and the father of three sons. He is past president and currently a trustee of the Wilson Historical Society and has been the Sanborn Fire Company's band director for 45 years.

>Q: Why have you stayed in Wilson all these years?

A: I like it here. It's a great little community. I've stayed here because the opportunities have been good. I had a chance to move into administration locally, and I took it.

>Q: What changes have you noticed over the years?

A: It was a blow to the town when Pfeiffer Salad Dressing moved out [in 2009]. They employed quite a few local people. Also, the number of small farms has decreased, while the bigger farmers are now farming more land. Other than that, it's been pretty consistent.

>Q: Why do you think summers are such a draw here?

A: The harbor is one of the nicest harbors in the area. It's a sheltered harbor, which means the boats are protected from lake winds. The population of the town increases every summer when the boat people come to town. eos

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