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2006-07-19 / Editorial

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JESSICA FINCH Associate Editor

+ HOW I SPENT MY SUMMER VACATION - For a week I traded time spent in Williamsville for Williamsburg, Va. This followed the grand tradition of my mother's side of the family, which meets annually for a family reunion. The tradition started at least 15 years ago and has taken us to South Carolina, several Ohio locations, Wisconsin, Massachusetts and twice to Virginia. Except for my immediate family, the rest of my relatives (grandparents, aunts, uncles and cousins) live in Kentucky, so sometimes our reunions are spent in New York or closer to them, particularly for weddings and graduations.

For the most recent reunion we rented a six-bedroom house - piling in 19 people - for something that at times was similar to a reality show like "Big Brother" or "The Real World." I was just waiting for cameramen to pop out and inform us we were on TV. The most excitement they would have caught would have been the morning ritual of my aunt and niece waking up my boy cousins hours before they were used to getting up and the intense Bunko tournament, in which I did not perform well.

After the daily adventures of visiting the tourist spots of Colonial Williamsburg, Busch Gardens, the beach and local shops, all 23 of us gathered for dinner and time at the campground where the house was located. Four people were "lucky" enough to escape the house, with two staying at an RV site and two at the lodge. Despite the 101-degree

heat that greeted us the first day, I couldn't have imagined a better way in which to use my vacation time.

 WINNERS - The Amherst Police were able to take advantage of a break in the weather on the second day of Old Home Days July 12 and complete the Bicycle Rodeo.

In the 11-12 age group Lisanne Sprange, 12, placed first; Justin Bangert, 12, second and Craig Conway, 11, third. The winners of the 9-10 age group were Gabrielle Montalbano, 10, first; Joseph Montalbano, 9, second and Brian Thielman, 10, third. The 7-8 age group winners were Gregg Mojica, 7, first; Colin Helfer, 8, second and Madeleine Utz, 8, third. The 5-6 age group winners were Brandon Hadley, 6, Aaron Patridge, 6, second and Ashley Thielman, 5, third.

The under 5 age group winners were Allison Thielman, 2, first; Courtney Bangert, 4, second and Marnie Johnson, 4, third.


 CLOSE CALL - I, along with several of my co-workers, are excited that the Glen Avenue bridge has finally opened. But this past week, I had to get used to using the road again and remember to look both ways before crossing the street. For the past year or so, the bridge has been closed, so traffic has been very light along Glen Avenue and Rock Street.

The other day I parked in the back lot by the entrance to Glen Park. As I stepped out into the street, I looked to the right but never to the left. Before I stepped completely out into the lane of traffic, a vehicle approaching from the left blew his horn, and the driver gave me a dirty look. He almost hit me! I took it as a lesson learned, and since then I have remembered to look both ways. So be careful and always pay attention to your surroundings.

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