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2011-03-23 / Editorial

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 GET INTO THE GARDEN — Although I just recently removed the Christmas decorations from the lawn and exterior of the house, the calendar says it’s spring. This is the confusing time of year when it can rain, sleet and snow all in one day and then be 60 degrees and sunny the next day. I still urge you to remember what your calendar says and think about the work you can do in the garden in several weeks.

The second annual Amherst Garden Walk will be held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, July 23. The town is seeking residents who wish to open their gardens to the public. Anyone interested in participating should e-mail gardenwalk@amherst.ny.us or call 631-7032 by June 30 to get an application.

 RECYCLING — I was informed by Highway Superintendent Robert Anderson’s office that residents have raised concerns that the town no longer recycles. Anderson and Refuse Officer Ryan Licata want residents to understand that since 2007, Amherst has been participating with Waste Management in the “Single Stream Recycling” program.” Recyclables are placed into the truck together and dumped at a transfer facility in Lancaster. The recyclables are then sorted and packaged for various destinations and customers. For more information, call the Refuse Department at 631-7119.

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 WHO’S THE BOSS? — As Mom, I exude a bit of pride when it comes to my children. Both are full-time college students, keep a social calendar, and still make it home for dinner on occasion. When Kelly heads to work, she heads here to The Bee. When Greg heads to work, he heads to the subway and then to a big white building. From January to May of this year, Greg is an intern at the White House in Washington, D.C.

There’s a level of respect that all employees give their employer and deservedly so. Having worked at The Bee for 29 years, I hold in great regard the management, from George Measer Jr. to the current publisher, Trey Measer. After that long a time, a level of comfort exists, even for Kelly, who grew to become comfortable calling Trey by his first name instead of by “Mister.”

How does one react however when your boss is the president of the United States? I wish I could tell Trey that the level of excitement is as much so for him, but I think Greg would tell differently. Has it happened? Sure. But this tale and others are the stories that are held in confidence, employee to employer. What goes on in Washington stays in Washington.

What I did learn is that Washington is a place where kids grow. Not age-wise, but world-wise. While sharing happy hour and dinner with Greg and several interns during a weekend grocery-delivery trip, we were enlightened by the prospect that any one of these “kids” that we were enjoying an evening with could be our next congressman, senator or president.

These young people were welcoming to us — never once did we feel like “the parents”— and they were passionate and knowledgeable about their current and future government roles. Will Greg continue down the path of public service? That is yet to be decided, but if he does, he’s got a connection with his local hometown newspaper. Stay tuned and keep reading. You saw it here first in The Bee.

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