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2017-05-17 / Editorials

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ETHAN POWERS
Clarence Editor

MEMORIAL DAY PARADE — This year, as for the past 97 years, American Legion Post 838 of Clarence will lead the community on Memorial Day in honoring those who gave the ultimate sacrifice to their country.

The annual parade will assemble at 10:30 a.m. Monday, May 29, at Clarence High School. Units will move in a line of march starting at 11 a.m. and proceed east on Main Street to Clarence Town Park, where the formal ceremony will take place.

In the event of rain, the ceremony will be held at 11 a.m. in the Town Park Club House, 10405 Main St.

For additional information, contact Parade Chair Jim Schultz at 812-0405, or email jdsjrnd@roadrunner.com.

COYOTE CONCERNS — A resident recently had an extremely disconcerting run-in with a coyote that underscores the importance of maintaining caution and diligence when outdoors with pets.

Last week, a family on Tonawanda Creek Road was enjoying a night outside, taking advantage of the infrequent warm weather. While the family members conversed with one another, a coyote encroached on the property and picked up the family’s small dog in a well-lit area just a few feet away from the home’s deck. Despite a large Labrador and the presence of the family patriarch, the coyote persisted in preying upon the small dog.

The dreadful story highlights an increasing problem within the towns of Amherst and Clarence in which coyotes have shown increasing boldness and aggression, and further underlines a potential safety hazard to small pets and children when persistent effort is not exercised.

Any residents who have experienced a coyote sighting in their neighborhood or have witnessed examples of wildlife aggression are encouraged to call the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation, Region 9 office, at 851-7200.

OLD FORT NIAGARA — Old Fort Niagara invites residents from across Western New York to explore the historic landmark for free, from 6 to 8 tonight, May 17. Visitors can tour the site and visit information stations where staff and volunteers will welcome them to learn about the fort’s programming, special events, membership and volunteering opportunities. Visitors will also be entered to win door prizes.

Staff, volunteers and re-enactors in period clothing will greet visitors at numerous interactive information stations, including soldier and artillerist, the outdoor bread oven, women’s programming, military music, Native American interpreters, membership, volunteering and giving. Free refreshments will be served. Door prizes will include gift certificates to the fort’s Museum Shop and Log Cabin eatery, a family membership and a family admissions pass.

NORRIS INTERNSHIPS —Assemblyman Mike Norris is opening his district office for summer internships for local high school or college students. Students may be eligible to receive course credit for their internship, which will include a mixture of office work and community event attendance. To apply, interested students should email a letter of interest and resume to Norris’s office at norrism@nyassembly.gov.

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