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Letters to the editor for the week of Aug. 23, 2012

Burgerfest Committee thankful for support

Editor, The Sun

The Burgerfest Committee wishes to thank the community for its support in making our recent annual festival a great success, once again. An event this size requires the work of many hands. In fact, over 300 folks from youth to senior citizens volunteer their time at Burgerfest each year through the four service organizations that make up the Committee. Many are there from 7:30 a.m. until well after midnight, setting up and tearing down and cleaning up.

While Burgerfest is considered by most to be an entertaining, annual event, to the Rotary Club of Hamburg, the Hamburg Sunrise Rotary Club, the Town of Hamburg Lions Club and the Kiwanis Club of Hamburg it is a tremendous amount of work from early in morning until late at night, but it is also the major fund-raiser that allows all four entities to make numerous donations for civic and community events and projects throughout the next year.

“Service Above Self” is the motto of Rotary International. The Rotary Club of Hamburg serves the community through projects such as Warm the Children, providing warm winter clothing for children in need; and financial assistance for not-for-profit organizations such as the Hamburg Counseling Service, Penn Dixie Fossil Site, the Lounsbury Adaptive Ski Program and little league softball. Rotary also funds a literacy program for children, provides college scholarships to local high school students and mentors the next generation of community leaders through RYLA (Rotary’s leadership Program) for college-age young adults and SLAPSHOT for high school students. Rotary also supports Cradle Beach and local projects such as Rotary Field at the Hamburg Town Recreation Center.

Hamburg Sunrise Rotary sponsors students in the Rotary Exchange Program and awards scholarships to local high school students in conjunction with Hilbert College. They honor veterans with scholarships for advanced studies and in an Annual Veterans Recognition Dinner. They donate to food pantries in Hamburg and Blasdell; sponsor activities at Cradle Beach; assist at local senior housing and in numerous local celebrations, such as Blast on the Beach.

The Town of Hamburg Lions Club continues its mission to assist those with vision and hearing challenges. Monetary contributions are regularly made to local food pantries, scholarships are awarded to Hamburg students and the Lions donate to many other youth services projects.

“Serving the Children of the World” is the motto of Kiwanis International. The Kiwanis Club of Hamburg sponsors the Terrific Kids program in the Hamburg and Frontier school districts, as well as Cloverbank Kiwanis Builders Club, Key Leader programs for high school students, and local Little League teams. They also support the Kiwanis Pediatric Trauma Center at Buffalo Children’s Hospital, work in partnership with the Village of Hamburg to provide the Easter Egg Hunt and Halloween Parade, assist Hamburgh Holidays with Breakfast with Santa and support local food banks, Meals on Wheels, Gliding Stars, DECA, the American Legion and Boy Scouts of Western New York.

Volunteering with the Rotary Club of Hamburg, Hamburg Rotary, Sunrise, the Town of Hamburg Lions Club and Kiwanis Club of Hamburg were Hamburg Youth Engaged in Service, Hamburg High School DECA Club and the Boy Scouts of Western New York, along with family and friends.

Thank you, again for supporting Burgerfest and for joining us for the best party in Hamburg.

Eileen Hotho, Coordinator, Burgerfest 2012
Dennis Lalka, President, Rotary Club of Hamburg
Mike Reilly, President, Hamburg Rotary, Sunrise
Philip Durkin, President, Town of Hamburg Lions Club
April Romanowski, President, Kiwanis Club of Hamburg

Braymiller’s service commended

Editor, The Sun

I wish to publicly compliment another Hamburg business that went out of their way for service for their customers.

On Friday, August 3, 2012, I had to come back into Hamburg from my friends’ annual party for partly personal reasons, and to try and pick up a special size of produce, small No.1 onions, for use in a ‘boil’, for dinner in Roulette, Pennsylvania. My friend in charge of the dinner, Shari Cimino, said the local grocery stores in both Coudersport and Port Allegany were out of 10 pound bags for sale, and if I could locate some for her since I had to return for other items.

I drove to the Braymillers Produce store on Gowanda State Road, and asked for the woman in charge (whose name I did not get) about my need. She immediately asked if it was for a ‘boil’ (which to those who do not know, is a mixture of kielbasa, half ears of corn, potatoes, the onions in need, topped off by boiled shrimp), and I answered yes.

She told me hold on for about 10-15 minutes, went in the back area of the store, and with another female employee, went and sorted out a couple of bags of small onions to completely fill a 10 pound bag for sale, and on top of it, did not charge me extra for it.

Thank you Braymillers for the great service. Please, support your local business, because the Big Box Stores would never give you that attention.


Gary Walters

Cozy Thai was greatly enjoyed

Editor, The Sun

I just wanted to share that we really enjoyed the Cozy Thai Restaurant, tucked away on Evans Street off Route 62 in Hamburg the other evening. It is a hidden treasure. It has changed names a few times going all the way back to Pauls Place, Cooks Cozy Corner, and then a few Thai Restaurants. The newest owner has a cozy, quaint restaurant and served up delicious, fresh thai food that was irresistible. Since they don’t have a liquor license as of yet, you are able to bring your own wine or beer with you. Spread the word, that’s the best advertising. Once you try it you will be glad you did.

Sue Jantzi


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