People’s Column

Westfield event a proud tradition


What a beautiful November day we had in Westfield for the 28th Holly Tour! So much preparation and time goes into planning this event and we couldn’t do it without the many hands involved.

We would like to extend much thanks and appreciation to the Momberger, Taylor, Boisjoly/ Somers, Hazen and Cockram families and friends who came to lend a hand; to the Grape Discovery Center and First United Methodist Church, and to the many wonderful musicians who entertained the tourists.

To all the Westfield Women’s Organization members and others from the community who give their time and to the many businesses who sell tickets for us, thank you!

This Westfield tradition certainly brings in a crowd and showcases our beautiful village! We hope all who joined us for the tour enjoyed their day and to those who were not able to join us, we hope to see you at the next Holly Tour!


Westfield Women’s Organization

Hospital not all about money


The Lake Erie Regional Health System of New York board has left residents with plenty of questions.

Do they have no concern for the residents of this area? It seems as if they don’t care about any of us. All they care about is money.

They had an offer for the hospital, which they turned down with a lame excuse. They made area businessman Anthony Borrello put up a $50,000, non-refundable deposit to bid on the hospital, which he did with no questions. I’d be willing to bet that even at that time they had no intentions on taking his offer, and that’s why they demanded the $50,000 in hopes these people wouldn’t go through with their offer!

What did they do with the $50,000? They say they are looking at other offers, but refuse to be open with everyone as to who these individuals are.

Can’t help but wonder if this is all a hoax. Now they have separated Lake Shore from Brooks to save Brooks from the fallout!

How stupid do they think we are? Do they even care what kind of impact closing Lake Shore and the satellite facility they have in Conewango Valley will have on the residents in these areas? These facilities are used by a lot of people in these areas, but this board doesn’t seem to care.

We have a lot of elderly folks and State Group Homes in these areas whose lives depend on a hospital and doctors who are close by. I, for one, do not wish to go to Brooks and then be shipped to a hospital out of state.

Will our insurance even pay our bill? What about our families who will have to travel to this hospital that none of us are familiar with or do not have a clue on how to get there?

Erie, Pa., is a lot farther than Buffalo. I hate driving to Buffalo but at least most of us know how to get to the hospitals there.

This group is not taking into consideration any of us. It all boils down to money.

Everybody in this area needs to take a stand and show this board we are not going to lay down for them.



Area ABATE began in ’75


I was pleased to read about the success of this year’s MDA motorcycle run and campout in a recent Sunday OBSERVER. The organizers, sponsors, and many participants deserve kudos for their efforts!

That being said, I would like to take this opportunity to correct a bit of misinformation that appears with each successive article about this event.

Mike (Cash) Lancaster, although the founding president of another local organization, was not the founding president of ABATE – American Bikers Aimed Toward Education – of Southwestern New York. That honor and distinction goes out to the late Ed Gross. Ed, along with his brothers Tom and Grant (Bill), and newfound friends Dan Tabaczka, Roger Haase, myself and several others began organizing the local chapter in the fall of 1975.

Ed basically brought the idea back from California, where he had been stationed in the service, and where ABATE had its beginnings as a motorcyclists’ rights organization. A couple of other members, myself included, served in the capacity of president before Mike joined ABATE and was eventually elected to that position.

Mike was a very effective and well-organized leader, and a personal friend of mine, and is missed by all who knew him. Ed and Mike, along with several other “old timers” in our local motorcycling community are gone but not forgotten. I like to think that they are riding that endless smooth blacktop in the heavens, with broad smiles – and no bugs!