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2010-10-21 / Editorial

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Lancaster/ Depew Editor

WINNERS FOUR YEARS STRAIGHT — The staff and students of Depew and Lancaster high schools have done it again. Thanks to a little competitive spirit and a whole lot of heart, the shelves of the Trinity Food Pantry in Lancaster and Tri- Community Food Pantry in Depew are fuller.

While the fourth annual Bee Rivalry Week Food Drive did not hit the goal of 1,200 pounds, the total raised — 886.28 pounds — will go a long way to feeding those in need during the next few months.

Here’s the breakdown: Tops Market in the D&L Plaza kicked off the Lancaster Depew Week event Oct. 9 by allowing customers to drop donations into one of two bins, one supporting Depew and the other Lancaster. Forty pounds of food were collected, 29 for Lancaster and 11 for Depew.

Employees at The Bee also made donations from Oct. 4 to 15, contributing 73 pounds. This was divided equally between the schools.

Then came the big counts Friday at the schools. When I arrived at Lancaster around 2:30 p.m., I found teacher Ami Measer sitting on the floor of her room, wrapping up her tallies. She ran the event at the school, and the response was 423.24 pounds. Kelly Jeffords, the teacher who organized the drive at Depew, also had a team help her finalize the count, and once I arrived, they reported 350.04 pounds.

Once this was all recorded, I had to take the three pieces of the drive — Tops, The Bee and the schools — add them together and then divide by the number of students at each school to get the pound-per-student total. Total poundage at Depew was 397.54 and at Lancaster was 488.74. With Depew having 667 enrolled students and Lancaster 1,984, the per-person totals, or “scores,” equaled about .60 for Depew and about .25 for Lancaster.

For the fourth consecutive year, Depew takes the bragging rights off the field.

Special thanks go out to Measer and Jeffords for all the work they do during this drive, including advertising the event and keeping track of the donations. I also would like to thank Don Metzger, a volunteer with Trinity, for meeting me Friday evening at the pantry so I could drop off the food donations. I’m not sure that my tiny Aveo could have taken a weekend with almost 500 pounds of food in it.

Since the food drive began in 2007, 3,770.95 pounds of food have been collected and distributed to the two food pantries. What amazing generosity the community shows, even in these tough economic times. Your contributions truly are appreciated

SALUTE TO VETERANS — With Americans serving in combat overseas, this is an appropriate time to remember them as well as all those who have served their nation in the past. Bee Group Newspapers will publish its annual “Veterans Salute” section on Nov. 10-11 as a supplement to all nine community newspapers.

Readers are encouraged to send in concise stories of their family members’ military careers, as well as photos. The Bee does not guarantee that all submissions will be published. Send material to Special Sections Editor Samantha Robinson, Bee Group Newspapers, 5564 Main St., Buffalo, NY 14221-5410 or e-mail to srobinson@beenews.com.

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