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Letters to the Editor for the Week of Jan. 24, 2013

Another successful Jeremy Krencik Memorial Wrestling Tourney run

Editor. The Sun

Eden hosted their annual Jeremy Krencik Memorial wrestling tournament on Thursday, Dec. 27. We had 12 schools represented including local schools Hamburg, Lakeshore, Frontier, Orchard Park, St. Francis and Gowanda.

The tournament serves our program in two very important ways. First and foremost, it allows us to reflect and rem

ember Jeremy who was a great all around athlete and fun loving kid. Secondly, we are able to develop our younger wrestlers at a more fitting level of competition. Eden wrestlers that competed included Tony Cappola (first place) and Luke Podyma (first place), Jacob Page (second place) and Eric Shaffer.

The event ran smoothly and with a lot of volunteer help and sponsors. I would like to thank the Eden administration for allowing such an event take place on an annual basis. It can’t go without sending out a huge thank you to the building and grounds personnel at Eden. We had a fair amount of snow fall and well before start time every parking lot and walkway was cleared to perfection. They did an awesome job.

I would also like to thank the following sponsors: The Witmer Family, The Simmons Family, Roger Durrett, Laing Funeral Home, Hammer Time Construction, Susquehhanna Sheet Metal, Four Corner’s Café, Eats A Pizza, Shurfine Groceries, Mr. Mugs and Awards, ZJ’s Family Restaurant, VW of Orchard Park and Eden All Sports Booster Club.

Lastly, I would like to thank the families of my wrestlers who stepped up in a big way to run such an event.

I am so proud to be a part the Eden community. Eden will also be hosting the most competitive of all class championship wrestling tournaments in Section VI. Come and check out the action Saturday, Feb. 2 at Eden High School.


Tom Page

Eden Wrestling Coach

7th annual Nite of Laughter on March 2 to benefit Kathleen Mary House residents

Editor, The Sun

As we begin a new year, the Kathleen Mary House is providing another year of hope for the moms and their children that reside there.

The KMH is a unique non-profit transitional home located in the Southtowns for women and their children that are looking for safety and freedom from domestic abuse.

Preparations are under way for our 7th annual Nite of Laughter to benefit the House. The evening is scheduled for Saturday, March 2, from 7 to 11 p.m. at the St. Cyril & Methody Macedonian Hall, 4785 Lake Avenue in Blasdell. This year’s event will feature comedian Steve Burr, and include entertainment, food, drinks, premium item raffles, 50/50 splits, and theme baskets.

Last year’s sellout crowd of over 500 people made the Nite of Laughter a great success. Everyone in attendance had a memorable and fun filled evening thanks to the generosity of our wonderful community.

All proceeds from the event will benefit the residents of the House. We hope you will support our event and share in our commitment and determination to bring public awareness and financial support to the Kathleen Mary House to continue the vital services they provide to keep the moms and their children safe and provide them a chance for a “new beginning.”

Pre-paid tickets are available for $30/person and $35 at the door. Tables of 10 can be reserved if paid in full by Feb. 10. One must be 21 or older to attend.

To make a donation or to purchase tickets, please call Sharon Wroblewski or Donna Braunscheidel at 822-4101 or Donna Kogut at 826-4948.

Donna M. Kogut


Fundraising committee member

Simulator would help save people’s lives

Editor, The Sun

We have lost far too many young lives to texting and distracted driving accidents. I believe we need more than pledges to get all drivers – including adults – to see the true danger. I also believe it is our responsibility to provide our teen access to driving simulators to help educate them.

I started a campaign in the past to provide access to driving simulators for students of the Hamburg and Frontier school districts.

Unfortunately, the project was unable to proceed due to the economic downturn. Budgets became crunched and funds were not available.

I am now revisiting this subject because it is my hope that the Town of Hamburg would be able to house two driving simulators in their senior citizen facility on Sowles Road. I believe that location would provide access to residents of the town as well as the Village of Hamburg and Village of Blasdell and offer educational opportunities to teenagers and adults.

As part of my efforts on this project I have worked in the past with various elected officials, including former Assemblyman Jack Quinn III, former Erie County Legislator Bob Reynolds, current Erie County Legislator Lynne Dixon and current Hamburg Town Councilman Joe Collins. I remain hopeful that other representatives would reach out to me and help start a public dialogue so that we can seek funding and try and make this become a reality.

The ideas for getting funds include federal stimulus grant money, private donations and other fundraising opportunities. If we all work together, I believe we can provide a service to our community that many can benefit from.

If anyone in public office or any private citizens want to learn more about the benefits of driving simulators and try and help me acquire at least two to be used by residents of the Town of Hamburg, please e-mail me at or call or text message me at 392-9458.

William Gates


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