By Terry Duffy
Continuing what's been a roller coaster ride of unusual weather thus far this winter, the snow and cold has returned to the northern Niagara County area.
Past days have seen lake-effect snow, with reports of 7 inches or more hitting the lakeshore areas off Olcott and Wilson. And the coldest temperatures of the winter season are expected to remain in the area at least for this weekend.
However, local residents have been handling the ups and downs of this winter just fine. Coming off the first ever "Youngstown Riverview Fitness Day" in January, organizers in the village teamed up to hold a new monthly event called the "Riverview Health Walk." It was held Saturday, Feb. 6, and led by Youngstown Mayor Raleigh Reynolds and Deputy Mayor Tim Lockhart.
"It was really wonderful to get out and meet residents in the village, and really get to know them and their ideas to help the community be a better place while viewing the stunning sites of the lower Niagara River," Reynolds said. "It was a beautiful day and each and every one that participated has committed to do it again. They had such a great time they're even inviting their friends. We even had a walker from Niagara Falls."
Sponsored by River Fitness, the next walk will take place at 10 a.m. Saturday, March 5, on the streets of Youngstown. Open to the public, walkers are requested to assemble prior to the 10 a.m. start in front of 431 Main St.
This week, a relatively new Youngstown group, the Porter-Youngstown-Ransomville Business Association, will meet at 7 p.m. Monday, Feb. 15, to begin planning on what it hopes will be another exciting year in the village.
For those unfamiliar with PYRBA, the group is best associated with the first-ever Mermaids of the Mighty Niagara festival held last August and the return of the long-popular Labor Day Parade in September. Other events organized by the group in 2015 included Youngstown Apple Orchard Days last fall and Caroling in the Village in December.
PYRBA has plans for even more in 2016.
"This is going to be an exciting year for all of all," said Jane Price of PYRBA, co-owner of The Dory. "Now that we have broken ground with last year's events, we shall continue to grow and help our communities to prosper; to help new businesses and old, to grow and prosper, too."
She related PYRBA, at its meeting, would discuss planning for these events and a new offering this fall: The North Star Freedom Festival, an international event with Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario, Canada, celebrating the significance and history of the Underground Railroad. Other topics include improvements for village streets and updates on the status of the still new PYRBA group.
The meeting will take place at The Dory, 435 Main St. Interested residents are invited to stop by.
For more information, email Price at email@example.com.
Youngstown was plenty cold this past week. (Photo by Terry Duffy)