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Volunteers helped beautify our communities in Hamburg

While enjoying chatting with community members during the Hamburg Farmers Market this past Saturday (Sept. 22), a conversation with a gentleman sparked a thought about people in our communities that are often overlooked.

These people are volunteers with beautification groups that take the time out of their days and weeks to show pride in their respective towns and villages.

Often when writing editorials, we have to take a look at the issues and people who bring negativity to our respective towns and villages.

Board meetings at times, whether it be town, school or village, can get contentious.

It goes without saying that when we cover these open meetings, it is our job to report what takes place. Often, the aspects of the meetings that impact our residents, are the ones which do so in a way that is not good.

At times, we get lost in what is transpiring at those levels and there is much more to communities than just the boards that govern and make decisions about our taxes, or our students and other hard choices that can be controversial at times.

As summer turned officially to autumn last weekend, the sights of people digging through their gardens to prepare it for the winter months is common.

For groups that hang baskets and place plants throughout our communities, they are, or will be, in the midst of removing them for the winter and starting preparation for spring.

Sometimes it is easy to overlook the work many of these fine community members do each and every year.

But they should not be overlooked. They should be thanked and given a pat on the back for all that they do.

They do not do it for the money or for the notoriety. They do it simply for the pride they have in their communities.

This does not just stop with the community volunteers. Two weeks ago, the Hamburg Beautification Committee handed out its beautification awards to several local businesses, including Trinity Episcopal Church, Hamburg Optical, Daniels Restaurant and Simply Gourmet.

Pretty soon, the leaves will be falling off the trees and the winter months will be creeping up in the not too distant future.

The spring and summer of 2012 will be a distant memory, but these wonderful volunteers will be planning for 2013. With little fanfare, they will just do it.

We want to say thank you to everyone who takes the time to show pride in their communities by volunteering your time and effort to spruce it up, with the simple motivation of pride serving as your guide.

You are all truly unsung heroes and we want to say thank you.

• During Monday’s (Sept. 24) Hamburg Town Board meeting, Councilman Joseph Collins, who voted against an enterprise fund for Woodlawn Beach State Park in 2011, said today he would support the idea of creating the fund to make it easier for the town to track revenue at the park. This in part, he said, is because it appears that the beach has become profitable. Collins and former Councilman Jon Gorman voted against it in 2011 when it was first proposed.

Town Supervisor Steven Walters said Monday that to date, he estimates close to $270,000 in revenue from the park in 2012, with some events still to take place.

Walters and Councilwoman Amy Ziegler voted in favor of the fund in February of 2011, and with Collins now saying he supports it, we hope the town considers changing the accounting practice for that fund and creating the enterprise fund, similar to the one used for the 18-Mile-Creek Golf Course which the town operates.


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