By John C. Whitney, P.E.
Heartfelt Passover and Easter wishes to everyone as we truly we live through a pandemic event that none of us could ever have dreamed of.
Restaurants, which would have been packed this weekend, are suddenly relying on takeout business to stay alive; but worse, our houses of spiritual worship on Grand Island and throughout New York state are closed, forcing residents to praise via the internet or television.
In accordance with Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s executive orders, we encourage everyone to follow social distancing and best management practices to minimize the spread of this virus. Mostly, though, we encourage everyone to follow the orders of the governor and Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz and continue to stay away from crowds.
We join them in encouraging residents to get out for some fresh air and exercise. We are also fortunate to live on this beautiful island that has two amazing state parks – Beaver Island on the West River and Buckhorn on the East River – which are perfect for walking, biking and fishing. For bicyclists and walkers, enjoy the beautiful bicycle path along the West River. Also, our Grand Island parks, Veterans Park and Scenic Woods are available for walking or biking. A ride around the island is 27 miles. Remember, social distancing!
Just to reiterate my message from last week: The town has reduced our staff to all but essential operations, and we have closed all public buildings, including Town Hall, highway, library, Golden Age Center and recreation buildings. We are asking residents to mail a check for their water bills or place one in the dropbox located outside the lower level entrance to Town Hall. Online payment is another option.
Please continue to take this virus seriously! Continue to practice safe social distancing, wash your hands often, use hand sanitizer, and wipe down surfaces with disinfecting wipes.
Be positive and, when feeling low, call a friend or take a walk. If you can, order takeout from the many restaurants on the Island. A listing of them is included in this week’s Dispatch.
Enjoy the holiday and stay safe!