Dear Editor:

Thank you to all the residents of Springville and the surrounding communities that supported the Taste of the Southtowns on Sunday, April 28 at St. Aloysius Hall.
This was the 15th year for the Taste and a very successful year for the event. It helped Gooseneck Hill raise enough money to help with winter repairs and for some of the feed for the birds.
Congratulations to the restaurants who received special awards:
Best Overall Award — The Legacy, which also won Best Seafood for the Scallops
Best Soup Award — Woods At Bear Creek for its Shrimp Andouille Gumbo Soup
Best Appetizer — 49 Coffee House for its Kale Salad
Best Chicken Dish — Fiesta Bamba for its Taquitos Mexicanos (Chicken)
Best Meat — Colden Mill for its BBQ Ribs. Colden Mill also won Best Dessert for its Crispy Chocolate Mousse
Best Decorated Table — Chanderson’s
Gooseneck Hill Waterfowl Sanctuary and its Board of Directors would like to thank everyone who helped make it a success, including the following local businesses: Emerling Ford, Bly’s Clock Shop, Carley Collision, Farm Family Insurance, Mike Monin-Morgan Stanley, All-Pro Gutters, Ava Grace Fashions, Beres Electrical, Bloom’s Flooring, CCB Bank, C&G Electric, Cameleon- East Aurora, Concord Land Realty, Design Art, Gooseneck Machining, Gramco, Harry’s Barber Shop, Kless Boys, Lamb & Webster, M&T Bank-Springville, Arcade, Ellicotville, Jim Murphy-Chevrolet, Buick, Northeast Cycle, Nova Glass, Pierce Milling, Pioneer Propane, Rahn Jewelers, East Aurora, Terry Raszeja-Attorney, St. Matthew’s Tree Service, Seneca Animal Hospital, Slippy’s Collision, Springville Hardware, TC Automotive, Vibes Massage Studio and Willey’s Well Drilling.
Special thanks to The Rustic Ramblers with Gene Hilts on Steel Guitar who provided super-fantastic entertainment for the five hours of the event.
Thanks to all who made donations for our Chinese Auction and silent auction, to the Board of Directors of Gooseneck Hill and volunteers for all their help.
Most of all, we would like to thank all those who supported the event by tasting the fantastic food and by buying tickets for the 50 baskets in the Chinese Auction, bidding on the Silent Auction and enjoying the great music.
Gooseneck Hill Waterfowl Sanctuary will be open on Sunday, June 30 and Sunday, July 28 from 2 to 5 p.m. for bird tours and The Wild Wing Festival will be held on Sunday, August 25 from noon to 5 p.m. at the sanctuary with food, music and guided tours of the birds.
Thank you, Southtowners. See you at our sanctuary.

Milt & Rosemary Miner
Gooseneck Hill Waterfowl Sanctuary