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John Mills presents the Scenic Byway and Yellow Dot Program

ANGOLA — Erie County Legislator John Mills paid a visit to the Angola Village Board’s Dec. 9 meeting, bearing gifts, this holiday season.

Mills spoke about programs that the county is providing to its residents and gave additional information about how to contact each agency.

The new county Legislature chairman, effective in the new year, spoke about “the wide range of services available to seniors, through the county’s senior’s services program.”

Health care information, mental health services, Meals on Wheels, free transportation and a host of other benefits and services are available. For more information, call senior services at 858-8526 or visit www.2.erie.gov/seniorservices.

Mills also discussed the Western New York Scenic Byway, which now travels through Aurora, Boston, Colden, Concord, East Aurora, Orchard Park and Springville. This byway brings visitors from all over the area to visit the Southtowns and “its many gems,” according to the legislator.

He also told the board that future plans for this route “include expansion into Angola, Brant, Eden and Evans and ultimately Ellicottville.” The byway has grown out of the community’s stated interest in protecting the natural environment and cultural heritage while, at the same time, providing ways to expand and reinforce its economies. Visit the byway at www.wnyssb.org.

Speaking about Erie County’s new Yellow Dot program, Mills

described this free offering as a program designed to help first responders provide lifesaving medical attention, during the first “golden hour” after an accident or emergency. Yellow Dot is funded by the New York State Sheriffs’ Association and is available to individuals of all ages.

Kits are available at all Erie County Sheriff’s substations, the Erie County Legislature, state department of motor vehicle offices and some pharmacies and senior centers.

Yellow Dot kits contain a medical information card and a Yellow Dot decal. Participants complete the card, attach a recent photo and place both in the glove compartment of their car. The Yellow Dot decal is then placed on the rear driver’s side window.

First responders arriving at the scene of an emergency will be alerted by the Yellow Dot decal to look for the medical information card in the glove compartment. The program is being expanded for use within the home, as well.

Additionally, Mills brought with him what he called a “handy dandy” brochure of important community telephone numbers, such as senior services, Home Energy Assistance Program, Medicaid, Medicare, Social Security, food stamps and taxation. These pamphlets are now available at the Angola Town Hall.

In other board news:
– The board unanimously agreed to keep the holiday lights in the village on display until Jan. 5. This action was in response to requests from several village businesspeople, who noted that the lights drew attention to local storefronts. Mayor Howard Frawley reported that he had “been approached on the street” by residents who asked that the lights be kept up.

– Various department heads presented reports, including Fire Chief Chuck Carlson, who advised that Angola engine No. 6 remains out of service. He said that he expects to have the truck back, within the week.

– Carlson also advised the board that child safety car seat checks will now be offered from 6 – 8 p.m. on the last Sunday of each month at Angola Fire Station No. 1. To schedule an appointment, call 549-3022.

– The board noted that there is a vacancy on the town’s assessment review board. Members said that applicants should have a legal, appraisal or real estate background. Interested parties were asked to contact the supervisor’s office at 992-3408.

The next Angola Village Board meeting will be held on Jan. 13.
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