Shop, patronize local firms

Editor, OBSERVER:

It has come to my attention that we live in a society that is quick to outsource goods and services and that loyalty has been displaced.

I understand that in these difficult economic times we live in, people are looking at the bottom line. But to what end? In light of the recent loss of a local long established business, it appears that patronizing our hometown has been forgotten.

I own and operate Lake Erie Roof & Siding Co. as I have for almost 28 years. I have seen in my own profession the influx of out-of-town contractors doing local roofs and although honestly I realize that the public has a choice, still I would much rather see one of my local contemporaries securing roof contracts over non-local contractors.

I’ve received many calls over the years with “issues” of work performed by out of town contractors who simply forget people once they are paid. I am compelled to address the real issue and what’s at stake for all of us. The public must realize that we too are all local consumers – the local contractors, the venders we purchase materials from as well as all of our employees are all contributing to this hard-hit local economy.

It comes down to mathematics, but most assuredly hometown loyalty. I understand the economic pressure as a consumer it is very difficult.

We are grateful for the opportunity to serve the Dunkirk-Fredonia area for all these years and hope to serve for years to come as do my fellow contractors.

I want people to realize that the revenue spent here is continually “re-invested locally with the “out of towners” the capital is simply gone.

We locally all have very competitive rates with the advent of the recession and what little you might save in the long run might cost you.

Remember this is a service-driven industry plus we live, work, and spend here! Local contractors are a better choice on many levels.

There’s good local talent right here in the Dunkirk-Fredonia area.

MIKE CALLAHAN,

Lake Erie Roofing & Siding,

Fredonia

AAUW?support

is praised

Editor, OBSERVER:

The members of the Dunkirk-Fredonia Branch of the American Association of University Women would like to thank everyone who helped make their recent Wine, Cheese and Purse Party such a success. Money from this event is used to support scholarships for female students at SUNY Fredonia and Empire College.

AAUW would like to thank The Buster Brown Bean Co., Arkwright Printing, Kirk’s Jewelers, Liberty Wineries, Peggy Tiffany and Barbara Sam from Timepieces. We need to also thank the celebrities who donated purses. The auction of purses from Sen. Catharine Young, Joanna Pasceri (Channel 7 News), Jennifer Stanonis (Channel 2 News), Mary McDonnell (award-winning actress), Wendy Corsi Staub (award-winning and best-selling author) and Helen Williams (co-author of “You Have No Idea” with daughter Vanessa Williams) was a highlight of the evening. Thanks should also be extended to our auctioneer, Miss Violet, as well as to members of the community who came to support the event.

AAUW advances equity for women and girls through education, advocacy and research. This year the Dunkirk-Fredonia branch is presenting two scholarships to SUNY Fredonia students and two scholarships to Empire College students. Thank you to everyone who made this possible.

SUSAN PEPE,

Secretary,

Dunkirk-Fredonia Branch of AAUW