New police enforcement, smoking policy in effect for this year’s festival

By NICOLE GUGINO

OBSERVER Assistant News Editor

SILVER CREEK Although there have been many changes in the village of Silver Creek in the past year, the Festival of Grapes will be held with little difference.

This will be the first year the Chautauqua County Sheriff’s Office will provide police enforcement for the annual festival.

Festival of Grapes Chair Lisa Romano said the sheriff’s office has met with the festival committee.

“We sat down with the sheriff’s (on Sept. 11) to go over the festival from Thursday all the way to the parade on Sunday. We are looking forward to working with them and the fire police,” she said.

Romano said she believes the sheriff’s department will help ensure a “safe and enjoyable festival” as has been a tradition for 46 years.

Mayor Nick Piccolo said visitors need to be aware the sheriff’s office will be monitoring the event and asked people enjoy themselves at the festival while being cooperative with deputies and not be disruptive to others.

Also new this year is a no smoking policy on village property designated for use by children.

Piccolo reminded residents and visitors that this is a policy, not a law, so although citations will not be issued, smokers are asked to be respectful of children and nonsmokers.

“I hope people adhere to the smoking policy around children and nonsmokers and are still able to enjoy themselves. There are signs up reminding people of the village’s policy. It is a policy, not a law, but we hope people will be cooperative,” he said.

Piccolo encouraged all area residents to stop by the festival and enjoy themselves.

“The village is a very high supporter of the festival and I want to encourage residents from the whole area to come and enjoy themselves,” he said.

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