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Letters to the Editor from Hamburg areas for week of Sept. 13, 2012

Kathleen Mary House planning annual fashion show

Editor, The Sun

As we all approach another season, the Kathleen Mary House is approaching another Season of Hope for the moms and their children that reside at the House.

The KMH is a unique non-profit transitional home for women and their children that are victims of domestic violence. The House is located in the Southtowns and provides families with a safe, nurturing and nonjudgmental environment. Each resident receives physical, emotional and spiritual assistance along with education, training, counseling and child care.

The Fashion Show Committee feels privileged to be a part of making a difference in the lives of these hurting families. Chair, Nicole Dayka and Co-Chair, Lisa Ruszczyk and the rest of our committee will soon be hosting a wonderful event to bring together two things every women loves, fashion and helping others.

Abuse is devastating for a woman, especially emotionally, and we need to do everything we can to support women and their children in need.

Our second annual fashion show “Steps to New Beginnings” will be the theme of the afternoon and these steps will be realized as each model takes to the runway.

The event will be held on Sunday, Oct. 14 from noon to 3:30 p.m. at Michael’s Banquet Facility located at 4885 Southwestern Blvd., Hamburg.

Lynne Dixon, Erie County legislator, will be joining us as our Master of Ceremony.

J.C. Penney’s and Gap Baby/Kids will showcase their fashions in the show. Vivid Hair Salon of Hamburg will provide the makeup and hairstyling for our women models.

Tickets are available for $25/person. Reserved tables of 10 are $250 if purchased before Sept. 30. Included is a sit-down lunch, coffee and dessert, lucky purse game, basket raffle, and wine wagon. Guests may also browse and buy at the women-friendly vendor displays that are selling items women love to have.

We invite all women to join us in supporting the Kathleen Mary House as we celebrate the beauty of women inside and out and stamp out the ugliness of Domestic Violence!

For tickets or more information, please call Nicole Dayka at 648-3924.

Donna M. Kogut

Fashion Show Committee Member

North Street parking issue impacting the residents

Editor, The Sun

I live at 45 North St., and would like to point out that this is not only an inconvenience, harrassment and rudeness issue but definitely a safety issue – particularly in the winter.

It is impossible to have any assistance, health care, visiting nurses, etc.

We are unable to have guests in our home during that time of day. My elderly friends cannot walk from CVS to my home.

Repair people, plumbers and carpenters are unable to park, and in winter we cannot have parking in our driveways to accomodate private snowplows.

Backing out of our driveways or simply driving down the street is limited due to restricted visibility, and yes there have been accidents.

The traffic and safety committee has been reviewing this for over a year. We appreciate their concern and the boards work but I sincerely believe that this issue needs to be solved by the school, other systems do not seem to have this problem and I am aware that students must have permits to park in the school lots. Why must North Street accommodate the overflow? Perhaps our school taxes should be adjusted. It also has been suggested that there is potential parking if we were to widen the road to the south of the football field.

Carol S. Connelly



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