Over this past weekend, many people were walking around with light coats, soaking up the sun and taking advantage of the first nice weather of the year to get some fresh air and start thinking about spring and summer.
We want to see our readers enjoy the mild weather and spend time with their families and places such as the zoo or taking a walk somewhere. Because after all, this is Western New York and at this time of year, one final blast of winter always remains a real possibility.
But as I drove around on Sunday, something that stood out to me was debris in yards and on streets.
Despite another relatively mild winter in terms of snow, wind was a constant issue throughout the region and it has caused garbage cans to tip over and small pieces of debris to land in some yards.
At recent Hamburg Town Board meetings, Town Councilman Joseph Collins – a member of the town’s Rejuvenation Committee – has began his yearly reminders that the town wide cleanup is scheduled to take place in early May.
We encourage residents to get involved with the project and help keep our communities clean.
In the meantime, there is something simple we all can do. That is to take a walk around our own properties with snow melted and winds calmed down and simply pick up any pieces of garbage strewn across the yards or near the streets.
If you take the time to focus on your yard, it will make the town wide cleanup faster and more efficient in May.
With this break in the weather, and Easter creeping up, it also means that many municipalities will be holding Easter activities, such as egg hunts, so what better time than now to get the clean up started?
Then, come May, the town wide cleanup can be a continuation of what has already started in making towns and villages look cleaned up.
• We want to remind our readers to get out and vote next Tuesday, March 19, if you live in the villages of North Collins, Blasdell, Farnham and Angola.
Although the races are unopposed, it is still your civic right to get out and vote. Perhaps the most notable note next Tuesday is that in North Collins, the mayoral seat – which has long been a two-year term – will be a four years for the first time. Incumbent Vincent George is running unopposed.
• With village elections soon to be over, keep reading The Sun as we expect this year’s group of candidates for town races to be named in the coming weeks, as well as anyone who is not seeking another term.
The first name to drop this week is Hamburg Town Councilman Joseph Collins, who is not seeking a second term on the town board.
There will be major races throughout our coverage area, including in the towns of Boston, Brant, Eden, Evans, Hamburg and North Collins this fall.
One note in the Town of Hamburg is that this will be the first time since the town board reduced to three members in 2012, that elections will be held for all three seats. The supervisor will be for a four-year term, while one council seat will be for four-years and the other for two-years. Council candidates who are running in Hamburg will have to decide whether they are seeking the four-year or two-year seat. This is done to stagger the elections, so a board seat will be up every two years.
Although it appears the village races will be quiet in comparison to the town this year, the town races will bring plenty of interesting races, as seats for supervisor, council, justice, town clerk and highway superintendent in different towns are sure to offer a fun campaign season.
As we learn who your choices are, we will let you know. November elections will come fast and we will keep you informed on the elections and candidates throughout the year.