A ‘sitting’ tribute in Silver Creek

Longtime Silver Creek resident, the late Amil C. Manzella, was recently remembered in a place he was so often found in life. Manzella was often seen sitting at the bench on the corner of Main Street and Central Avenue in the village square. His granddaughter, Jenna Hornburg, asked the village recently if a plaque could be placed there. Village Streets Foreman Ralph Crawford said the streets department recently put up the plaque and recalled Manzella as one of the village’s “founding fathers.” According to local legend, Manzella, claiming to be the village’s ‘sidewalk supervisor,’ was able to get plans for a bridge repair from the local state Department of Transportation office and supervised the work, all without being a village employee. The plaque stands near the bench and reads, “May peace be with him and all who sit here.”