Debbie Bucki And Fran Spoth Win The Two Town Board Seats

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Congratulations to the two Democratic candidates who won the two seats on the Amherst Town Board. Debbie Bucki and Fran Spoth won these two seats.  Now for the first time in the history of Amherst we have a Town Board controlled by Democrats.  There are three women and two men.

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Happy Veteran’s Day

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This is the day set aside to honor all our service men and women.  Hopefully all enjoyed a wonderful day and took some time to remember and honor all the men and women who have served our nation.

God bless you all!

Veteran's sun

This image really is impressive to see in person.

At precisely 11:11 a.m. each Veterans Day (Nov. 11), the sun’s rays pass through the ellipses of the five Armed Services pillars to form a perfect solar spotlight over a mosaic of The Great Seal of the United States.

Veterans Day is an official United States holiday that honors people who have served in the U.S. Armed Forces, also known as veterans. It is a federal holiday that is observed on November 11. It coincides with other holidays such as Armistice Day and Remembrance Day, which are celebrated in other parts of the world and also mark the anniversary of the end of World War I (major hostilities of World War I were formally ended at the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month of 1918, when the Armistice with Germany went into effect).

The United States also originally observed Armistice Day; it then evolved into the current Veterans Day holiday in 1954. Veterans Day is not to be confused with Memorial Day; Veterans Day celebrates the service of all U.S. military veterans, while Memorial Day is a day of remembering the men and women who died while serving.

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Voters in Amherst Sent a Clear Message

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There are two types of elections: More of the same or time for a change.

Tuesday was time for a change in Amherst with the Democratic victory viewed as a repudiation of Republican policies and the behind-the-scenes wheel-greasing for every developer’s latest project. The Town Board majority flipped to Democratic for the first time in a decade.

Residents rejected the bogus tax reduction propaganda, which doesn’t jibe with increasing annual tax bills in our mailbox. And the eleventh-hour mudslinging backfired. Going negative doesn’t work.

The public has been simmering in revolution since reaching fever pitch as the Iskalo Hyatt marched through its approvals in Town Hall two years ago. At that time, the community begged the town to reduce the size of the monster project in a residential area. Shorten it. Set it back. But lending only a deaf ear and blind eye, members of the board majority sat mum and meek and murmured it wasn’t their job. Well, it is their job. And voters told them so on Election Day.

Running on a platform of green space and residents first, the new majority has two full years of control to advance its agenda on behalf of the public. Both new council members are smart and experienced and poised to reset the pendulum that’s been swinging in developers’ favor for 10 years.

Elected officials are meant to act in the public interest for the betterment of the entire community. They temporarily occupy a position of trust and are expected to undertake their duties mindful of the views of the governed and to do so in an open, responsible manner. The penalty for ignoring these basic tenets is an election of change, one delivered decisively by Amherst voters on Election Day. Yippee.

Michele F. Marconi

Friends of Mike’s Pond

Amherst

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Williamsville Passes New Snow Removal Law

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WILLIAMSVILLE, N.Y. — The Village of Williamsville passed a new snow removal law Monday night.

The Village Board unanimously approved the policy which allows the village to fine or jail someone if they do not keep the sidewalks clear of snow or ice. The Village plows all of the sidewalks in Williamsville, but it’s still the property owner’s responsibility to make sure they stay clear.

In recent winters there have been problems with private plow companies clearing out driveways and dumping snow where people walk. The new law allows the city to

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Innovate WNY OnCore Golf Creates Revolutionary Golf Ball

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Golf is not known for its innovation or changes to the rules. But it was a Buffalo company and some revolutionary technology that changed the way golf balls can be made for only the second time in a hundred years

“OnCore Golf is kind of the next breakthrough company in the industry, none of the big guys have been able to do.” Bret Blakely and Steve Coulton are the co-founders of OnCore Golf. OnCore has developed the first hollow metal core golf ball. So why is that a big deal?

“For the last 30 years they’ve been solid rubber, every single ball from Titleist to Nike, they’re all iterations of solid rubber OnCore has the only hollow metal core golf ball in the world,” Coulton said. “That hollow core shifts the weight to the perimeter of the ball. That cuts down on your side spin which gives you a straighter shot off the tee.”
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Legalizing Marijuana

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by PETER A REESE

With all this talk about decriminalizing recreational marijuana use, it’s good to find inspiration in the words of my favorite Republican President.    Imagine what we could accomplish if only all those Jew bastards weren’t psychiatrists…………

Now for some sane observations.    I have never used marijuana.   Not only didn’t I inhale, I never tried it.   I am a total nerd square.   Yet no society has ever successfully outlawed prohibited substance use.    Why do we think we can?   From my legal practice, I have observed that raising the drinking age from 18 to 21 resulted in every kid in junior high smoking dope of some sort.   We now live in a society where it is easier for kids to get criminalized drugs than to have a beer.    If you want to make something popular and the in thing to do, just make it illegal, especially when you cannot actually enforce your laws.    We saw the same sort of behavior when we tried alcohol prohibition.   People who would never have touched a drop began to carry flasks.
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Amherst Seeking Volunteers for Boards and Committees

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Amherst Town Councilmember Steven Sanders would like to remind Town of Amherst residents that many of the Town’s boards and committees are looking for new members.

The Zoning Board of Appeals and the Energy Conservation Citizens Advisory Committee have immediate openings and the Planning Board, Amherst Industrial Development Agency & Traffic Safety Board as well as other boards and committees have openings starting January 1 st.

Interested residents should send a letter of interest and brief bio to the Councilmembers’ Office at Town Hall, 5583 Main St., Williamsville, NY 14221 or by email to ssanders@amherst.ny.us.

For More Information, contact Steven Sanders, (716) 631-7013

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Bulletin: Connor McDavid Out ‘long term’ With Shoulder or Collarbone Injury

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Connor McDavid (97) crashes into the boards with Philadelphia defencemen Brandon Manning (23) and Michael Del Zotto (15) Tuesday at Rexall Place (Ian Kucerak, Edmonton Sun).

Some very bad news for the Edmonton Oilers — and hockey as a whole — late Tuesday night as Connor McDavid suffered an apparent injury to his left shoulder or collarbone during the second period of a 4-2 win over the Philadelphia Flyers in Rexall Place.

A somber coach Todd McLellan said he had no definitive word on the injury but could only say McDavid would be out “long term” and that General Manager Peter Chiarelli would have an update Wednesday morning. (Update: TSN’s Bob McKenzie tweeted early Wednesday morning the word is expected to be a fractured collarbone. My impression is that would put McDavid on a timetable of 6-8 weeks)
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New G.O.P. Debate Format Forbids Questions About Things Candidates Said, Did


By Andy Borowitz

NEW YORK (The Borowitz Report)—According to a format negotiated between the Republican National Committee and the television networks, future Presidential debates during the 2016 campaign will strictly forbid questions about things the candidates “said” or “did,” the R.N.C. confirmed on Monday.

Reince Priebus, the chairman of the R.N.C., said that the deal addressed the candidates’ concerns about the previously broadcast debates, which he called “abusively fact-based.”

“In some cases, moderators were asking candidates questions about statements they made two or three weeks earlier,” Priebus said. “This new format will eliminate that kind of ancient history.”

Priebus said that the new format would satisfy not only the candidates but also Republican voters, many of whom have complained about moderators’ ”out-of-control obsession with verifiable information.”

“This is a Presidential debate,” Priebus said. “If people want facts, they can watch ‘Jeopardy.’ ”

In the new format, the time previously allotted to questions about things the candidates said or did will now be devoted to questions written by the candidates themselves and read, verbatim, by the moderators.

“Carly Fiorina would very much like to answer the question, ‘How has your experience as the most successful C.E.O. in U.S. history uniquely prepared you to be its greatest President?’ ” Priebus said. “This new format will let her speak to that.”

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Tom A. Loughran May Lose His Soft Job

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For the first time in his 6th race for Erie County Legislator Tom A. Loughran is beginning to worry. There is a glut of people Tom has given jobs to who will go down with him.

Tom has been at home in the Legislature for 10 years.  He has felt secure in this job.  It has been his safe haven.  He hasn’t needed to worry about losing this comfortable seat until now and this is the main reason he had slowed down in his work effort in the last two years.

He needs a breather to get out in the real world and find out what the people in the 5th district are like and what their needs are.

Tom has sent out slingers where he attacks his opponent, Guy Marlette, because Tom needs to win.  He doesn’t want to find himself out of a job.  You can tell when a candidate is desperate.  They send out negative ads against their opponent rather than telling voters the positives of what they have actually accomplished.

No need to worry Tom.  One of  your political cronies will be there to help you out.

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