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Time to Rosin Up Your Bow for the Fiddle Fest


By Rich Place The musical heritage of Springville will be celebrated on Saturday with the seventh annual Fiddle Fest expected to bring a dozen bands, a clogging group, food trucks and more throughout downtown. The event has grown larger each year and this year will expand to three venues: at Fiddlers Green Park and at the Concord Mercantile as in ... Read More »

Benefit Planned for WV Graduate Following Mid-May Accident

By Rich Place As a 2009 West Valley graduate continues to recover from a mid-May car accident that has her still at Erie County Medical Center, a group of friends have organized a benefit to help pay for her medical costs. Lindsey Thomas, a district manager at Vector Marketing, was T-boned on Broadway Road in Alden on May 18, according ... Read More »

Upcoming Tractor Pulling Events Part of Busy Summer Schedule


By Rich Place Amongst the busyness of a large working dairy farm and the huge collection of equipment it takes to run it, two tractors are parked inside one of the barns at the Gabel family farm on Genesee Road in Lawtons. While some of the other vehicles at the farm are dirty from routine work they take on daily, ... Read More »

Fire Trucks and Food Trucks Event Set for July 22

By Rich Place This may be the second year for the Springville Fire Trucks and Food Trucks event, but it certainly won’t be the same as what visitors saw last year. Of course, there will be fire trucks and food trucks during the event on Sunday, July 22. And there will be live music and a car show. But the ... Read More »

Concord Town Clerk to Begin Collecting SGI School Taxes


By Rich Place Cited as an effort to provide shared services while also giving school district taxpayers a more personable way to pay their taxes, the SGI Central School District and Town of Concord have approved on a four-year agreement to allow the town to collect school taxes. The Concord Town Board approved the agreement during its regular meeting last ... Read More »

Redesigned McDonald’s Opens with New Service Opportunities


By Rich Place After a busy month of construction, the McDonald’s restaurant on South Cascade Drive has officially reopened with a new look and new methods of service for its hungry customers. Although the drive-thru remained open during the 31-day construction phase, the restaurant was reconstructed both inside and outside and celebrated its new chapter with a ceremonial ribbon cutting ... Read More »

Colden Native Wochensky Sets Sights on Assemblyman Seat


By Rich Place Growing up on a dirt road in Colden, Luke Wochensky knows a thing or two about life in a small town. The Springville-Griffith Institute graduate has been around the world and back, now living in East Aurora and in early May announced his candidacy for assemblyman of the 147th district. “I grew up here and I’m very ... Read More »

Ellicottville Championship Rodeo Marks 30 Years


By Rich Place When John Kent was growing up, he wanted to be in the rodeo. As a teenager, he’d break horses and he learned to ride them with hopes of one day getting in an arena. “I wanted to go to rodeos and my mommy wouldn’t let me,” said Kent with a laugh. “I was interested in the rodeo ... Read More »

New Pastor Leads Congregation at S1UMC


By Rich Place The Springville First United Methodist Church welcomed a new pastor this week, as Rev. Matthew French preached his first sermon at the church on Sunday. French, who most recently served as senior pastor at Bergen United Methodist Church about 20 miles west of Rochester, replaces Pastor Kevin Costner, who was moved by the district to churches in ... Read More »

West Valley’s 20 Graduates Take Pride in Small School Atmosphere

By Rich Place There’s no hiding that West Valley Central School is small, and this year’s graduating class of 20 students is one of the smallest classes to ever receive their diplomas from the school. However, there’s absolutely nothing wrong with a small school in a small town, according to all three student speakers who addressed their classmates during commencement ... Read More »

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