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Letters to the Editor for the Week of Oct. 25, 2012

Veterinary clinic would not be ideal for Hamburg

Editor, The Sun

I grew up on Maple Avenue in Hamburg, a few houses from Buffalo Street. My love for that neighborhood is deep in my bones. An expanded state-of-the-art Veterinary Clinic is an exciting proposition. It would be a part of the business renaissance which is taking place in Hamburg.

Just not there. It would mean the demolition of a treasure...a home built in 1802. The very look and fabric of Hamburg depends on historic preservation. I am not living in the past. I am respecting the past.

It is already difficult to make a left turn off Pleasant Avenue onto Buffalo Street. And expanded Vet Clinic would increase the flow of traffic and raise safety concerns. Could the Veterinary Clinic move to the edge of the village to an already existing but empty business building with an already existing sizeable parking lot?

This is one time where business collides with neighborhood and historic preservation. I come strongly down on the side of our 1802 house.

Priscilla Hanson Trageser

Orchard Park

Resident opposes locale of proposed vet clinic

The beautiful, charming, century old house that is currently the Village Veterinary Clinic is one of my favorite houses in the village. Whether driving or walking past it on Buffalo Street, or viewing it while coming up Pleasant Avenue, I have always loved that house.

Which is why I was shocked when reading the recent Sun article “Village Vet Clinic looking to expand by rebuilding on site.”

I am all for expanding health services for pets, being a pet owner myself. I truly appreciate these veterinarians wanting to provide more specialized care to our pets and remain in our community. But why not consider one of the many empty buildings around the village for this new site, especially those with huge parking areas in strip malls that desperately need tenants?

There are many creative architects locally whose specialty is taking old buildings and transforming them into something attractive and functional.

Is it possible for these veterinarians to consider that option?

I for one plan to attend the Public Hearing when it is scheduled to express my strong opposition to this plan. I hope many others do too.

Tearing down this historic house, and the one next door to it, will permanently change the character and culture of that section of the village forever. Once this happens, there is no turning back.

I urge all who feel that same way about this issue to please make your feelings known in a positive way to:

1.The Veterinarians at Village Veterinary Clinic

2. The Hamburg Village Board

3. The Historic Preservation Commission, whose members can be contacted at,

Let them all know our community values its historic past, and takes great pride in the beautiful historic architecture in our village.

I also believe preserving and embracing our historic past will further help our village renaissance.

Please attend the Public Hearing to make your opinions known.

Chris Snyder


Fashion show big success for Kathleen Mary House

Editor, The Sun:

On Sunday, Oct. 14, Nicole Dayka and Lisa Ruszczka took on the mighty challenge of executing the 2nd Annual Kathleen Mary House Fashion Show along with their core team, Sharon, Oddo, Elaine Hayden, Linda Hoerner and myself.

A wonderful afternoon began with our master of ceremonies, Legislator Lynne Dixon, welcoming over 300 guests in attendance.

Congresswoman, Kathy Hochul, was our guest speaker. She is the daughter of Pat and Jack Courtney of Hamburg, founders of the Kathleen Mary House, a special, non-profit transitional home in the Southtowns area for women and their children that are victims of domestic violence.

Kathy shared the story of how her mother, Pat, fulfilled her dream in 2006 when she opened the Kathleen Mary House in memory of her grandmother who suffered a life of domestic abuse. The House, provides a safe nurturing environment along with physical and emotional support for moms and their children to help them escape the darkness of domestic violence and start a “new beginning.”

The inner beauty of our community swelled with excitement as the 29 models dressed in the latest fashions took to the runway to bring awareness to the ugliness of domestic violence and set our show in motion.

Our special guest speaker, was one of the moms from the Kathleen Mary House. This young mother with a young child was a broken, frightened young woman with no where to go. By the Grace of God, they ended up at the Kathleen Mary House. Through her tears she spoke of the guidance, comfort and love they received when they arrived at the House. Sharon Wroblweski, house director, and Donna Braunscheidel, assistant director spread their wings and set the wheels in motion. An individualized program was put into place to empower her to break the cycle of domestic abuse, and child care was provided. Donations from the educational fund at the KMH allowed her the opportunity to fulfill a dream to attend school. With dignity, and pride she proudly announced that she will be graduating soon. Her inspirational testimony of a chance for a “new beginning” received a long standing ovation from the crowd.

Without each and everyone of you the mission of the Kathleen Mary House to provide “new beginnings” would not be possible.

Thank you to the many volunteers and vendors and to the generosity of several businesses and individuals from our community that contributed products and services, purchased tickets, donated items, and made baskets to be raffled off. Thank you to the stores who kindly offered their clothes for our models.

The Kathleen Mary House and our committee extends our sincere gratitude to everyone. You made this show so much more than we could have imagined.

Donna M. Kogut


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2012-10-28 | 12:13:24
I have serious questions about Fr. Joe Bayne's character. I have observed him say some pretty mean spirited things against other priests and people. His conversation seem to be 70 percent about his own perceived positives and 30 percent about his perceived negatives about those he doesn't seem to like for one reason or another.
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