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2017-04-19 / Letters to the Editor

Guidelines set for brush pickup

The Clarence Highway Department will be working hard this summer to ensure that we have safe town roads and bridges, and will be trying to keep our streets and neighborhoods clean and looking good.

Townwide brush pickup begins Monday, April 17. We will start with a two-week “sweep” of the entire town. The Highway Department picks up brush weekly on Thursdays and Fridays in a different “zone” of town each week. We will start in Zone 1 on Thursday, May 4. We have had the same zones in place for many years. If you do not know what brush zone you live in, you can visit the Highway Department page on the Town of Clarence website at www.clarence.ny.us and we can give you details. We also have printouts available at our office.

There are also brush and leaf pickup guidelines and procedures available on the website as well as information about plowing and other services. I would like to ask that residents not put brush out weeks in advance of their scheduled pickup as a courtesy to their neighbors. If the brush is placed in front your home the week of the scheduled pickup, it will be picked up that week in most cases. I would like to list a few other friendly reminders regarding brush pickup. Your cooperation is appreciated.

We cannot pick up dirt, rocks, sod or manufactured wood of any kind.

Do not stack brush on any public highway.

We cannot accept contractor generated yard waste.

Brush must be stacked on grass in front of the homeowner’s own property.

Dumping on cul-de-sacs, town or school property or vacant land is against the Town Code.

James Dussing
Clarence Superintendent
of Highways

‘Bass’ entire life was about service

It should be noted that Adolph Charles Bassanello, known to his friends as “Bass,” died on March 31.

Bass was one of the founding members of the Jolly Boys of Williamsville, a charitable organization that quietly does an enormous amount of good for the young people in our community.

Bass’ entire life was in service to his nation and to his community. He joined the U.S. Navy at the beginning of World War II and became a fighter pilot. After he completed his active duty in the Navy, he enlisted in the Naval Reserve and rose to the rank of commander.

In addition to these activities, Bass served the Village of Akron as the postmaster, as a village trustee and as the mayor over a period of many years. Bass was a lifetime member of the Akron Volunteer Fire Department, serving several terms as chief.

His funeral was held April 4, on his 93rd birthday. As the funeral procession drove through the Village of Akron on its journey from the church to the cemetery, people stood on the sidewalk with their hands over their hearts to honor a man who was certainly part of the greatest generation.

Thomas Whissel
Lafayette Boulevard
Amherst

Fairlie ‘mattered’ to town library

The flag in front of the Clarence Library flew at half-staff on Tuesday, April 11. This was to mark the passing of beloved librarian David Fairlie. David played key roles in the town’s library since well before the move to its current location. He helped to develop numerous programs and services for children, youth and adults, including the popular Battle of the Books. Somehow, he was always there when needed.

I knew David personally through the programs I have offered at the library. He supported that effort by providing displays to highlight those programs and by creating well-designed and engaging fliers to promote attendance at them.

He actually played a role in one program, serving as a cool-headed, Charlie Rose-type moderator, facilitating a rambunctious conversation with Monsignor Fred Leising as Teddy Roosevelt and me as William Howard Taft. Both of us were in costume with mustaches, hamming it up before a full house in the library’s large meeting room. David was nervous about doing it, but he nonetheless gamely took it on. He told me later it was so exhausting that he had to take the next day off. When I subsequently watched a video of the session, I realized that he was the glue that held everything together, the best thing in the program, the calm at the center of the storm.

He was a good man — kind, smart, generous, self-effacing. I miss him, as do many others. His life mattered.

Bob Poczik
8670 Howard Drive
Clarence

Free college plan a political move

I couldn’t agree more with David Sherman’s column in last week’s Bee; spot on.

I live in East Aurora, and we are looking at a 7 percent increase in our school tax, in no small part from mandates and less aid.

It just seems first of all, ironic — we’re cutting school electives and programs to somewhat lessen the tax impact if possible, thus lessening the quality of education — then offering free college. Only government could hatch such a plan.

Secondly, we hear — I have never fact-checked this — that nearly half of students in urban schools don’t graduate. In this day and age? Perhaps that would be a better place to start?

And third, we are in second place for the state with the most debt – $300 billion. Second only to California, if that says anything. Borrow, borrow, borrow. This is what Cuomo does. It’s what all politicians do.

Cuomo thinks free college will look good on his resume when he runs for president.

Lord help us.

Charles D.Snyder Road
East Aurora

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