The Grand Island Town Board issued a pair of proclamations at its meeting on Tuesday.
The first recognized the 50th anniversary of the Grand Island Historical Society. Founded in 1962, the Grand Island Historical Society collects and preserves materials pertinent to the history of the Town of Grand Island and, as a public service, makes the historical archives available for the use of the community and its citizens, the proclamation noted. The proclamation stated that "one of the most important assets a community can have is an organization that is dedicated to the preservation of the history of that community." The board noted further that the Historical Society provides programs, tours to educate adults and schoolchildren, and in cooperation with the New York State Office of Parks, Recreation, and Historic Preservation saved historic River Lea from demolition.
In issuing the proclamation, the board proclaimed the month of September Grand Island Historical Society Month in the Town of Grand Island. On hand to receive the proclamation from Town Supervisor Mary Cooke was, pictured in photo No. 1, Historical Society President Curtis Nestark, charter member Sharon Nichols (left) and Teddy Linenfelser, corresponding secretary and town historian. Also on hand from the Historical Society for the proclamation, not pictured, were Maggie Gushue, past president; Shirley Luther, life member; Jeri Benzing, membership chair; and Barbara Birt.
The Town Board's other proclamation went to American Legion Post No. 1346 of Grand Island. The board set aside Sept. 7 and 8 as American Legion Patriot Poppy Days on the Island. Noting that Post No. 1346 observes Sept. 11 as Patriot Day in remembrance of the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, the board called on residents to support the post's annual Patriot Day Poppy Drive on Sept. 7 and 8. In making the proclamation, the board also urged Island citizens "to recognize the merits of this cause by contributing generously to this drive, and to wear a Patriot Poppy as evidence of their support."
Members of Post No. 1346 will sell poppies this weekend at various town locations.
Pictured in photo No. 2 receiving the proclamation from Cooke is Post Commander Fred Wornick, joined by First Vice Commander Joe Synakowski, and Town Board members Gary Roesch, Dick Crawford, Chris Aronica and Ray Billica. (photos by Larry Austin)