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Take advantage of what is offered in our backyard

It may not have been as warm as some Memorial Day weekends, but the sunshine was a reminder that summer days are almost upon us. This will mean summer vacation and looking for ways to keep the kids entertained.

In recent years during difficult economic times, a word that is often used is Staycation, which the dictionary defines as “a vacation spent at home or near home, doing enjoyable activities or visiting local attractions.”

Part of what makes The Sun a great newspaper is that we will be continuously providing you with items that will give our readers an array of options to enjoy this summer.

Without a doubt, the activities will come fast and every week and weekend, there will be a lot of fun options to choose from.

This begins with the Brant Summer and Strawberry Jam, which runs June 21-23.

Throughout the summer, there will be several options for Independence Day celebrations (including fireworks displays), Burgerfest, the Eden Corn Festival and the Erie County Fair (just to name a few).

Sometimes it is easy to overlook how lucky we are to have such a vast array of towns and villages which offer fun for families.

For many, the summer will include trips out of town to see family, or visit Disney World or other destinations, but for most people, the majority of time between the end of June and early September will be spent home.

Besides the fact that there are so many activities offered, there are also so many hard working men and women who plan and run these events and they should get our support.

With Memorial Day fresh in our memories, it is the annual reminder that the weekend is the “unofficial” kickoff to summer, and the official start is just a few weeks away.

The activities are not solely for the kids. There are also a number of things such as 5K races that are geared towards adults.

The Sun looks forward to providing that information each and every week and we encourage you to look at the paper every week as we continuously give updates on what is going on in our area, and we would like to wish our readers another happy and safe summer season.

• Speaking of activities, one that was cancelled last year is returning again in 2013. Bike Race Weekend in Hamburg, which did not take place in 2012, is returning after a one-year absence the weekend of June 8 and 9.

The Sun will have a comprehensive story about the event in the June 6 edition, but we would like to let our readers know to be prepared that weekend as they enter the village, that they could be detoured.

• And staying with the topic of summer activities, we wanted to remind those who may be interested between the ages of 9-17 to participate in the upcoming All-American Soap Box Derby, that the cutoff date to sign up is Monday, June 10.

For more information, visit or call organizers Jennifer Eckman at 440-9186 or Don Lucarell at 649-3977.

The derby will take place between 9 a.m. and approximately 4 p.m. on Saturday, June 29 at the hill near the Hamburg Counseling Center, 97 South Buffalo St.

• We would like to commend our local towns, villages and organizations for jobs well done in honoring veterans throughout Memorial Day weekend.

It was great to see large crowds of people taking the time to honor those brave men and women, both past and present, who fought and continue to fight for our freedoms every single day.

Those ceremonies remembering that thought is truly what Memorial Day is about.

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