Different edition

Driving throughout the northern part of the county Wednesday morning motorists probably saw a different version of the OBSERVER being sold. The annual Laurel Run edition was on sale during the early morning commute.

Volunteers were able to raise nearly $2,000 to be donated to the annual Laurel Run held in Silver Creek. The OBSERVER publishes a special edition each year which is sold for $1.

“We are proud to work with The Resource Center and the Laurel Run in this community event,” said John D’Agostino, OBSERVER publisher. “We thank all those who volunteered, purchased the special edition as well as the staff at the OBSERVER for making this happen.”

In Silver Creek, Wayne Hotelling, organizer for the Laurel Run and Laurel’s father, said while the weather did not look promising early in the morning, the rain held off. In Silver Creek, the special edition newspapers were sold out by 8:30 a.m. and $750 was raised just in Silver Creek alone.

“Everything went really well here in Silver Creek. We were sold out of our 550 papers by 8:30 (a.m.),” said Hotelling. “We really had a great day even though it looked pretty threatening to begin with.”

Greg Krauza of Fredonia was volunteering in downtown Fredonia for the seventh year. Krauza, along with his son Tucker, have been volunteering since the start of the annual event.

“The group I work (with) they’re getting up dragging their fannies out of bed and raising money for a good cause,” Krauza said.

In addition to the Krauza males, Richard Swanson has also volunteered with the group. Swanson said he volunteers to help the community.

“I really enjoy helping a good cause and supporting the community,” Swanson said.

Krauza said that traffic has seemed a bit lighter this year but many people were donating more money than the $1 cost of the paper saying “people are great.” Emily Wendell was the fourth person in the downtown Fredonia crew. Wendell, who was a member of the Fredonia High School Cross Country team always ran the Laurel Run. This was her first year volunteering and got involved since she is dating Tucker. Krauza thinks his group is great but said he may need to recruit younger members since some are growing older and having time conflicts. Some of the members were unable to attend the event due to early morning jobs or being out of town.

Julie Kohler of Forestville has volunteered for the event for the past four years. She is always located at the intersection of Central Avenue and Millard Fillmore Drive near the D&F Plaza. Kohler said she had to empty her pockets several times throughout the morning because she was selling newspapers at a steady rate.

“It’s fun,” she said, “people are nice.”

Amanda Dove of Fredonia was selling papers at the Tim Hortons in Dunkirk. This is the second year she has been at the Tim Hortons location but her third year volunteering. She said she has sold at least 100 newspapers at her location and “liked to be involved on a deeper level.”

Volunteers were at locations in downtown Fredonia and Silver Creek, Tops, Central Avenue near D&F Plaza and Brooks Memorial Hospital, in front of Walmart and Tim Hortons locations in Dunkirk, Fredonia, Irving and Gowanda. Newspapers were sold from 6 to 9 a.m. The Laurel Run will be held July 20.

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