Weekly Feature



2018-05-17 / Editorial

Out of the Past

25 Years Ago May 20, 1993


MARK CRAWFORD — In this photograph from 1996, Mark Crawford, then the principal of Northwood Elementary School, is shown during a surprise given to him by students, teachers and parents. Crawford recently retired as superintendent of the West Seneca Central Schools. 
Photo and caption courtesy of Jim Pace, West Seneca town historian MARK CRAWFORD — In this photograph from 1996, Mark Crawford, then the principal of Northwood Elementary School, is shown during a surprise given to him by students, teachers and parents. Crawford recently retired as superintendent of the West Seneca Central Schools. Photo and caption courtesy of Jim Pace, West Seneca town historian • The change in date of this year’s Memorial Day festivities does not have many people singing “I love a parade.” In fact, several local clergymen have had their adherence to the old adage “forgive and forget” severely tested due to a decision by the West Seneca Veterans Committee to move the traditional Memorial Day parade from Monday, May 31, to Sunday, May 30. The parade, which will start at 10:30 a.m. and roll down Union Road, will directly conflict with Mass and service schedules at most churches in the area.

• Most of the members of the West Seneca School Board said they felt the board did the best it could with what it had before giving the final approval to a school budget Monday night that would raise taxes by 6.8 percent. “It’s been the most agonizing budget that I’ve seen,” said Trustee Barbara Kwitkowski, adding that the board had to “recognize fiscal reality” when analyzing the budget. Others expressed similar sentiments when backing the $60,549,308 plan, which includes the elimination of 44 positions districtwide.

• The irony of Jimmy Yeomans’ recent honor is inescapable. He was named the winner of the Nashville Network’s recent “Be a Star” showcase, yet he doesn’t anticipate his star taking off as a direct result of the award. “The show never has done anything for anybody who has ever won it, so I don’t look at it like that,” Yeomans said Monday. “Anything that’s going to happen is still going to be through the stuff I do pitching to record companies.”

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