Weekly Feature

2016-12-07 / Letters to the Editor

Forum offers perspective on opioid epidemic

On Nov. 21, the Youth Board and Youth Bureau sponsored a program on the opioid and heroin epidemic in Erie County at Clarence Town Hall. We had approximately 120 present, and about 50 were high school students.

Town Justice Michael Powers opened the program and shared information regarding drug addiction and how it affects youth and adults. He shared his message with the audience and described what he sees when they are brought to his drug court. Powers introduced two of his former addicts from his drug court who shared their personal stories. As they told their stories, there was not a sound from the audience.

Dr. Joshua Lynch, emergency physician, is committed to fighting the opioid epidemic. He delivered a message to help families help loved ones and talk about what is being done to combat drug addiction. At the end of the program, Narcan training was provided by Lynch.

On behalf of the Youth Board and Bureau, I would like to thank Judge Powers, Carolyn, Ryan and Dr. Lynch for participating. This has been called the worst drug crisis in American history. Thanks to their knowledge, commitment and awareness to this issue.

Also, thanks to the Youth Board and Bureau for their commitment to this educational speaker series.

Bev Campochiaro
Clarence Youth Board

Enjoyable open house held by Historical Society

Kudos to the Clarence Historical Society for its open house on Sunday, Nov. 20.

When I entered the museum, I heard the beautiful music of Mozart played by the talented musicians in the Clarence High School string quartet. It set the mood.

Members of the Historical Society gladly answered any questions and described the exhibits. Several were dressed in period costumes.

Also, the holiday sweets were delicious.

Thanks to the Historical Society for its enjoyable event.

Gayle Fairchild
Alexander Drive

Highway, Parks departments due thanks for efforts

Thank you to the Clarence Highway Department for doing a tremendous fall brush and leaf pickup. At the same time, they were gearing up for the winter plowing season and road maintenance. This year appeared to be more challenging dealing with the leaves falling later, high winds, snow and rain, which required extra effort to service our town. Thanks for being so diligent in your responsibilities for the benefit of Clarence.

Also, thank you to the Clarence Parks Department for your year-round work in various capacities, including all of the maintenance of the town parks. The hanging of the Christmas wreaths and decorations in Clarence Center and Clarence Hollow helps to make our town look festive in sharing the Christmas spirit.

Flora Leamer
Goodrich Road

Customers due thanks for small business support

Yours Truly would like to take an opportunity to thank all of the kind folks who supported our little shop on Small Business Saturday.

We are fortunate to have wonderful neighbors and friendly customers who continue to visit us, especially during the holidays. Thanks for the support!

Darlene Schaefer
Yours Truly

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