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2017-08-09 / Editorials

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ETHAN POWERS
Editor

GOODRICH ROAD — The Erie County Department of Public Works anticipates that the long-awaited road reconstruction work on Goodrich Road will begin soon.

The DPW opened bids in mid-July for the $5.56 million reconstruction project and improvements to Goodrich from Black Creek to Tonawanda Creek Road. Work on Goodrich will start once the current culvert replacement project on Salt Road at Delaware Road is completed and will begin with the installation of a new culvert on Goodrich north of Sesh Road. Utility relocation work will take place this fall, and temporary pavement will be placed on the entire length of the Goodrich project to ensure the safety of the traveling public during the 2017-18 winter season.

The road will be closed to all but local traffic in spring 2018, and the remaining work will be completed by the contract completion date of August 2018. All of the ditches on Goodrich will be moved away from the road to allow for a wider shoulder, and the majority of them will be piped, except in the area of designated wetlands, where ditches will be rebuilt and remain open. The two-mile stretch of roadway will be excavated and replaced with new material and paved. Driveway approaches and disturbed lawn areas will be repaired, and new guide rail and road striping will be applied.

ANIMAL BLESSING — The Clarence Center United Methodist Church has announced that its second annual “Blessing of the Animals” service will take place at 11:30 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 12, in its churchyard, located at 9750 Clarence Center Road.

Pet owners are asked to bring their pets or pictures of their pets if they are deceased or do not travel well. During the service, the Rev. Jim Barnes will bless each of the pets.

The service will take advantage of the congregation’s new and mobile outdoor chapel — a gift to the church by David Constantine, who built it as his Eagle Scout project.

Recognizing that the service is part of a celebration of all animals and not just pets, the church has arranged for the Buffalo Zoo’s “Zoomobile” to be present following the service to provide opportunities to meet and learn about some of the zoo’s animals. The Zoomobile will remain at the church until 2:30 p.m.

The service and the Zoomobile are both provided free of charge. Hot dogs, chips and bottled water will be available at a modest price.

Donations of blankets, towels and pet toys or accessories will be received on behalf of, and distributed to, animal rescue groups.

VA DONATION— Russell Salvatore recently announced his sponsorship to replace the entire fleet of vans used to transport veterans to the Buffalo Veterans Affairs Medical Center.

Salvatore saw the current “rundown” fleet and decided to purchase the vehicles outright from the Basil family of dealerships.

The van graphics were donated by Basil and installed by Streamline Designs. The vans are all new 2017 Chevrolet 12-passenger vans.

NEWS TIPS — Tips can be sent along by calling 204-4921, emailing epowers@beenews.com or through mail at 5564 Main St., Buffalo, NY 14221-5410.

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