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Patronize local businesses this holiday season

Black Friday is approaching, and each and every year there is more of a cloak and dagger feel to it.

Instead of leaking government secrets in a world of espionage, every where you turn these days, Black Friday ads are being “leaked” as many stores are now not only opening on Thanksgiving night in some cases, they are doing it earlier than the year before. It’s all business, all competition. It is what it is.

On the flip side, holiday shopping does not begin and end with big box retail stores. We certainly are for customers going in and taking advantage of the sales that they have to offer.

However, this holiday season, do not forget about the small businesses who are the backbone of our communities. (See related story on Page 1).

Part of what makes the holiday season so much fun is the annual traditions that families participate in.

There is always a large crowd of people to come to the Hamburgh Holidays parade two days after Thanksgiving, as one example.

The parade itself is right in the Village of Hamburg. There are shops and restaurants in the quaint village setting that makes for an enjoyable afternoon once the festivities are over, to support the local businesses.

There will be tree lightings, breakfast’s with Santa’s, parades and many opportunities to enjoy what the holiday season is all about. Giving and enjoying time with friends and family.

Part of the idea of giving is finding a way to give back to those who make communities special.

In many of these cases, it is the small business owners who offer something special, something in some cases that are unique to that town or village.

We hope our readers enjoy all that is offered at Christmas time.

The Sun will offer listings of all of the events and offerings each and every week. That time of the year is in the air. Thanksgiving is next week and then the count down to Christmas can officially begin.

• In a little more than a week, the Christmas season will “officially” kick off, but before that happens, families will be gathering to enjoy turkey, mashed potatoes, pumpkin pie and football as we celebrate Thanksgiving.

We hope our readers enjoy a happy Thanksgiving and a great day with family and friends.

Amidst the great Black Friday deals, The Sun will once again offer its annual Blowout sale on Friday, Nov. 23. Details on the annual sale will be in the Nov. 22 edition, which will be out a day early due to the Thanksgiving holiday. We can then let the fun begin with another holiday season upon us.

• On a school-district related note, we believe the Frontier Central School Board’s majority voters – who had a chance to reconsider moving forward with reducing to one polling site – made a mistake by continuing with the plan after rescinding their original vote from Oct. 16 and voting again on Nov. 6.

In a district that has allowed its residents to make major decisions, like reducing the size of the board and adding an ex-officio, student member (non-voting) to the board, this is one that should have been ultimately placed before them next May.

Especially in light of the fact that residents will now be forced to vote not only in one central location, likely to be the Frontier Central Learning Center on Southwestern Boulevard in a high traffic area.

We are not saying reducing to one polling place should absolutely not happen. There are many districts, including Hamburg, that operate that way. But voters go to the high school, which is a bigger building, and not as much traffic.

There needed to be more discussion. Saving $2,600 and using it potentially towards something educational is a worthy discussion. So is the risk of putting people in danger.

Quite simply, this issue should only currently be in the discussion phase right now.


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