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Letters to the editor for Hamburg, Blasdell for the week of Aug. 30, 2012

Danger, disease caused village to remove tree

Editor, The Sun

Many people have been asking about the tree that was removed in Memorial Park in late July. The tree, a European Beech, was planted nearly 140 years ago in what was then the memorial cemetery. The cemetery was turned into Veteran’s Memorial Park in 1894.

In 1996, a large section of the tree split and landed on the Soldier’s Monument causing considerable damage. At that time the Village of Hamburg DPW secured the upper portions of the tree with cables and steel rods to extend its life. The tree had been fighting disease and insect infestations since that time.

During the afternoon of July 25, 2012, a 16-inch diameter, 25-foot-long tree limb broke from the upper crown of the 80-foot high European Beech in Memorial Park. The limb had snapped free from the cable that supported it. Luckily, no one was directly under the tree when the branch fell. At 7 p.m. of the same day, many people gathered near this tree to listen to a concert in the park.

After consultation with arborists, the village decided to have the tree removed in light of its condition and potential danger to the public. Removal of the tree revealed extensive damage to the major branches.

While it’s always sad to lose a majestic old tree in the village, it also underscores that we cannot take the tree canopy that defines our village for granted. The Village DPW is aware of the aging tree stock and has secured a grant to inventory the amount, type and condition of all the trees in the public areas of the village. The inventory will allow the Village DPW to develop a long-term tree management plan that will extend the life of older trees and layout a coordinated plan for tree replacement. This effort is being coordinated by members of the Village Environmental Commission and Marc Shuttleworth, DPW superintendant.

Mark Colmerauer

Village of Hamburg Trustee

and Edwin S. Drabek

Consulting Arborist





‘Servin for a Cause’ fundraiser is a success

Editor, The Sun

The fourth annual Servin for a Cause 2012 on Aug. 19 at Dock at the Bay on Route 5 ended up raising $30,000 and had over 500 people attend which makes it our most successful year ever. I’d like to thank my partner, Laura Shriver, and our board, Bernadette Singer, Derek Miller and Mark Walter, and businesses, Combined Insurance, Catt-Rez, Stang Construction, Valmar Funding, Dr Reeb, Creditors Interchange and Premcom Communication (our major sponsors). Koz’s Pizza Alley supplied endless pizza along with the help of Gino and Joe’s Pizzeria — this was all arranged by Rick Platt. Certo Bros. Distributing supplied the beer.

Craig Starzynski and his ECC women’s volleyball team were unbelievable as the tournament was a huge success. We ended up having 38 teams. The WNYVBall.com team ended up winning the open tournament. DJ Drop D entertained the crowd brilliantly. Jim Kelly showed up and took pictures, signed autographs and shook hands. There are also about 30 volunteers who are either family or best friends of mine who gave hours of their time and we couldn’t have done it without them. We should break the $100,000 mark in 2013 and we’re already looking forward to it!



Ryan Stang

Servin for a Cause event organizer





Blasdell Jubilee will be missed by customers

Editor, The Sun

The closing of Jubilee on Lake Avenue is a stunning blow to our village. The convenience of walking over to pick up groceries or baked goods was certainly a luxury but meeting and talking with neighbors and the Jubilee staff is what I will miss the most. The small town feel is what made Jubilee ours.

Walking into the store chatting with a neighbor and being greeted by the wonderful staff is why we chose to shop at Jubilee. They made each of us feel special and seemed to genuinely care about making our shopping experience easy.

They took the time to assist us in a world that moves way too quickly and impersonally. I understand the economics and I certainly wish the very best to the owners. They provided a service to our village that cannot be easily duplicated and I thank them for it. As the deputy mayor, I will be working with our mayor and village trustees to do everything in our power to bring another market into our village. We understand the need to have a grocery store within walking distance of our residents.

One reason that we initiated a farmers market was to afford our residents a way to complement their weekly grocery shopping. Our goal is to develop the walking nature of our village by providing services to our residents that can be accessed easily. We wish the people of Jubilee the very best but now we will focus our aim on filling the void that was Blasdell Jubilee. They, and their wonderful bakery, will be missed.



Lou McDonald

Blasdell Trustee



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