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2018-05-16 / Editorials

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MUSIC PROGRAM — The Clarence Central School District has been honored with the Best Communities for Music Education designation from the National Association of Music Merchants Foundation for its commitment to music education.

The Best Communities for Music Education designation is awarded to districts that demonstrate outstanding achievement in efforts to provide music access and education to all students. To qualify for the Best Communities designation, Clarence answered detailed questions about funding, graduation requirements, music class participation, instruction time, facilities, support for the music program and community music-making programs. Responses were verified with school officials and reviewed by The Music Research Institute at the University of Kansas.

The award recognizes Clarence CSD as a leader in learning opportunities as outlined in the Every Student Succeeds Act. The legislation guides implementation in the states and replaces the No Child Left Behind Act, which was often criticized for an overemphasis on testing while not emphasizing subjects such as music. ESSA recommends music and the arts as important elements of a well-rounded education for all children.

HUNTS CORNER STOP— Erie County Legislator Ed Rath recently announced that the the Erie County Department of Public Works has installed four-way stop signs at the corner of County Road, Salt Road and Hunts Corners Road in the Town of Clarence.

After hearing residents’ concerns following several accidents at the intersection, Rath called on the county to push for a change in traffic pattern. The speed limit was lowered in 2015. However, research and analysis indicated a need for stop signs.

From the town line that separates Clarence from Newstead on Hunts Corners Road, the speed limit is 50 mph. As drivers progress west from Newstead, residents say, they begin to speed as Hunts Corners turns into County Road at Salt Road. Residents have frequently noted that when drivers get to the intersection, they cannot stop in time to avoid drivers approaching from Salt when they finally become visible.

In November 2017, about a dozen residents and town officials gathered in a conference room at Town Hall to discuss solutions to the issue, which led to the Town Board requesting a traffic and feasibility study to be conducted by the county. Despite residents calling for a lower speed limit, the county responded by stating that the results of the completed study showed that a reduced speed “was not appropriate at this time.”

DRAW YOUR DAD — The deadline to receive entries in The Bee’s annual “Draw Your Dad” contest is Friday, May 25. Children up to age 14 are eligible to draw their dad for a chance to win prize packages that include passes to Darien Lake, Adventure Landing, Dipson/Flix Stadium 10 and a Buffalo Bisons game.

All Father’s Day drawings will be published in a special Bee section on June 13 and 14. Entries can be mailed to The Bee or submitted as an “actual size” photo on your smartphone to fathersdayphoto@beenews.com. Complete contest rules and information can be found in this week’s Classified section.

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