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Historic Edition:
June 28th, 2012
Vol. 31  No. 51

ACS 2012 Graduation Photos

A slideshow of 2012 graduation photos. All photos by Ken Kasperek.

Thanks for the memories

Eighteen. There have probably never been this many staff members retiring from Akron Central Schools in a single year. Five hundred sixty-two. That’s the astonishing collective number of service years between them. Here they share their memories, accomplishments, advice, and plans for the future, along with reflections on what they’ll miss most about ACS as they bid farewell.

Legislator Rath visits Village for John Street reopening

Erie County Legislator Ed Rath announced the reopening of John St. at Hoag and Bloomingdale Avenues Monday afternoon. Village Mayor Carl Patterson, Town Supervisor David Cummings, Village Trustee Peter Forrestel, Chamber of Commerce President Jeannine Morlacci, Chamber of Commerce Vice President Mark Johnson, Chamber of Commerce Treasurer Peter Henley and representatives from LiRo Engineering were in attendance.

Akron alumna runs toward London

Akron High School graduate Fawn Dorr runs in the Canadian Olympic trials today through Saturday for a chance to compete in London next month. Dorr qualified for the Canadian trials in the 400-meter hurdles after running an Olympic standard time on June 16. Her mother is a Canadian citizen, so as a dual citizen she has the option to run for Canada or the US in the Olympics.

Accident in Newstead results in arrest

Erie County Sheriff Timothy B. Howard reports the arrest of a Buffalo woman for driving while ability impaired by drugs by Sheriff’s road patrols on Wednesday night.

ACS makes WNY honor roll

Akron Central Schools joins the “honor roll” as they finish fourteenth in Business First’s annual rankings of Western New York’s public school districts. The honor roll contains 19 districts that scored 90 points or higher on Business First’s 100-point scale. Points reflect the collective performance of its elementary, middle and high schools, according to a press release from Business First projects editor Scott Thomas last Thursday.

Akron Community Band begins 90th season

The Akron Community Band, which has played concerts in Russell Park, Main Street, Akron, New York continuously since 1923, opens their 90th season in Akron on June 29. About sixty musicians of all ages 12 to over 80, and all professions - students, engineers, business owners, administrative assistants, nurses, sales associates, medical technicians, bus drivers, journalists, teachers, professors, retired and more – will bring a wide selection of musical numbers to the Russell Park gazebo beginning at 8 p.m.

Akron hosting full-size Fourth of July Celebration

Akron’s Celebration Committee has a full annual Fourth of July celebration planned on Tuesday, July 3 and Wednesday, July 4 in Russell Park.

Akron resident arrested for theft

The Genesee County Sheriff’s Office reports that a 39-year-old Knapp Rd., Akron man stole merchandise and pushed a K-Mart employee who was trying to stop him from leaving the store on June 25 at 4:42 p.m.

Classified Ads

A sampling of this week's classifieds.

Concert canceled

The Nickel City Frets concert scheduled for June 30 at 7 p.m., announced in the June 24 issue, is canceled due to unforeseen circumstances. For more information, contact Nickel City Frets at (716) 908-6005.

Dates to Note

A sampling of current happenings in the Akron/Newstead area.

Dates to Note

A sampling of current happenings in the Akron/Newstead area.

Farm Bureau opposes plan to increase Thruway tolls

New York Farm Bureau strongly opposes the Thruway Authority’s plan to spike tolls for larger commercial trucks by nearly 50%. At a time when New York farmers are struggling to contain rising costs in an already “high cost” state, an added “tax” on their daily routine of getting nutritious food to market will only add another heavy burden on to the price of doing business.

Last call issued for summer recreation

The deadline to register and submit immunization records for the Town of Newstead 2012 Summer Recreation Programs is Friday, July 6. The programs will run from July 9 through August 17.

Marilyn's Musings: a letter from your editor

It is time for every Akron/Newstead resident, and everyone who loves coming back to Akron/Newstead for the Fourth of July, to make this annual celebration a priority.

Newstead Historical Society update

The Newstead Historical Society’s annual July 4 Pie Sale will be held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Knight Sutton Museum, 123 Main Street, Akron. Akron’s fabulous bakers are asked to bring their pies for sale to the museum by 9:30 a.m. before the buyers start to line up to purchase the best of the best! (Remember – no pies that need refrigeration!)

Positive choices primary as girls train for 5K

Eighteen girls from Akron Elementary School recently trained for a 5K run in a new program to give girls the tools to obtain positive social, physical, and mental health. “Girls on the Run” is a program that combines running and lessons about self-esteem for girls in grades three through five. Akron’s program started this past spring in conjunction with “Girls on the Run” Buffalo. The curriculum encompasses getting to know oneself, team building, cooperation and learning about the community. “Girls on the Run” Buffalo culminated with the area programs coming together to complete a 5K run in Delaware Park on June 13.

Public Notices

A sampling of legal notices from this week's Bugle.

Senior Center holds Movie Night

Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol is the featured film on Thursday, June 28 at 5:30 p.m. Blamed for the terrorist bombing of the Kremlin, IMF operative Ethan Hunt is disavowed along with the rest of the agency when the President initiates “Ghost Protocol." Left without any resources or backup, Ethan must find a way to clear his agency’s name and prevent another attack. To complicate matters further, Ethan is forced to embark on this mission with a team of fellow IMF fugitives whose personal motives he does fully know.

Successful conclusion follows multiple agency search

The Erie County Sheriff’s Office responded to 64 calls from June 17 to 23. Below is a sampling of the noteworthy incidents in Akron and Newstead.

Summer athletic conditioning program available for students

Student athletes participating in JV or Varsity athletics at Akron Central Schools are invited to participate in the summer athletic conditioning program. The program, facilitated by ACS teachers and coaches Mrs. Mary Borden, Mr. Andrew Clouse and Mr. Justin Gerstung, begins on Monday, July 2 and runs through Friday, August 10.

Summer Fun planned at the Newstead Public Library

A number of “Summer Fun” programs are planned at the Newstead Public Library over the next several weeks for a variety of age groups as outlined below. The library is also sponsoring an Independent Summer Reading program with the theme Dream Big – Read! Stop by to register. Children earn prizes for every 300 minutes of reading they spend now through August 31.

The Bugler

A sampling of notices from this week's Bugle.

Theatre of Youth announces 2012-13 season

Theatre of Youth (TOY) Artistic Director Meg Quinn has announced the 2012-2013 season of plays, sponsored by Independent Health. TOY's season will begin on CURTAIN UP! Friday, September 14, 2012 at 8:00 p.m. with KNUFFLE BUNNY: A CAUTIONARY MUSICAL, based on the wildly popular series of books by Mo Willems. The season will also include: THE BEST CHRISTMAS PAGEANT EVER, JAMES & THE GIANT PEACH, THE BORROWERS and THE MUSICAL ADVENTURES OF FLAT STANLEY. Single tickets and subscriptions are on sale now and can be purchased by calling TOY's Box Office at 716.884.4400 x 304 or visiting www.theatreofyouth.org. Theatre of Youth is located at the historic Allendale Theatre, 203 Allen Street, Buffalo, NY 14201.

Town waits for answer from County

The Newstead Town Board is waiting for decisions from the Erie County Department of Health before it can move ahead with installing two valves to improve water pressure in the Town.

Troop 559 recognizes newest Eagle Scout with Court of Honor

Vocalists invited to join Akron Community Chorus

Akron Community Chorus is inviting vocalists to join them for some summertime singing. The Chorus will join the Akron Community Band in concert on Wednesday, August 15 in Alden Fireman's Park and Friday, August 17 in Akron's Russell Park sharing in some Broadway excitement performing show tunes, novelty pops, and a touch of patriotic flare.

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