Conversation with the Mayor January 20, 2003 One More Thing to Brag About That’s what I told the fifth grade classes of Palmyra Elementary they were. The occasion was the Culmination Ceremony for the seventh annual D.A.R.E. program. The students in Mrs. Lombardo’s, Mrs. Mattiussi’s, Mrs. Vrubel’s and Mr. Wood’s classes, more than eighty strong, received certificates marking their successful completion of the seventeen week program. A sea of black shirts, each of which was emblazoned with a scarlet D.A.R.E. and a reproduction of the Palmyra Police Department badge, the students were an impressive site. D.A.R.E., in case you didn’t know (I did not.) is an acronym for Drug Abuse Resistance Education. No one, not even their instructor Sgt. Jim Showman or Police Chief Dalton, considers the program and the children’s enthusiastic participation a guarantee for the future. What the program does do is to provide the fifth graders with tools and strategies to resist the peer pressure to indulge in drugs. It equips them to refuse the dare to experiment with drugs. Assemblyman Bob Oaks, Asst. Superintendent of Schools Roger Becker, Asst. Wayne County District Attorney Mary Ann Kolb, Chief Dalton, Principal Kevin Austin and your mayor were all present to congratulate the fifth graders and wish them well. The fourth graders, next year’s D.A.R.E. class, were in the audience. Most importantly, the parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles, and other assorted relatives and family friends came to watch and applaud. Their caring and their support helped to make the day happen and will enable this year’s D.A.R.E. students to use what they learned to their advantage today and in the future. Congratulations to all – students, families and friends, Sgt. Showman and the Palmyra Police Department which sponsors the training, and to the Village Board which has supported this program for seven years. Thank you, too, to the Griffith-McLouth Foundation for funding, News about stores!! ! Bill Carter has opened Bill’s Place, Furniture Repairs and Sales, at 309 East Main Street. He does, in addition, furniture stripping and refinishing. Bill brings 46 years of experience to his craft. Hours are 9:00 – 4:00, Monday through Friday, and he can be reached at 597-6371. Just down the street, top in and visit Palmyra Canaltown Florist, newly reopened at 239 East Main Street, by owner Linda Guest. She will be featuring fresh flowers, candles, small gifts and a wonderful array of plush animals. Stop in, say hello, and send someone flowers. They would be a real treat in a Wayne County winter. Kavanagh Books, located upstairs over Wooden’s until the end of January, will be opening February 5th next door to the Zen Garden Café. Owner Beth Bradley has an intriguing stock of used books and, through the marvel of the computer, can obtain anything currently in print for you. She is also knowledgeable about rare books. New and certainly appropriate will be a section devoted to Erie Canal books, maps and the like. Her new neighbor, the Zen Garden, has started its lineup of music on Friday and Saturday nights. Check for press releases and announcements of what is coming. It’s a pleasant, low key way to spend a Friday or Saturday evening. Something you should know: whenever possible the Village makes its purchases in Palmyra. Two things prevent our doing this: lack of product and too great a discrepancy in price to justify the purchase. After all, it is your money which is being spent and we have to make what is sometimes a difficult decision in this regard. I think we live up to the yellow Support Palmyra Business tee shirts. We sure try. From the Candy Corner fudge to the new paint and border in the Clerk’s office to the innumerable items from Family Dollar and Dollar General, we buy Palmyra. Please join us. ……………………… It is Budget Season in the Village. The meetings are open and you are invited to attend and provide input. Relevant dates are Monday, February 10, 7:00 p.m.; Wednesday, February 26, 7:00 p.m., both in the Village Hall. The Public Hearing for the budget will be Monday, March 17th, again in the Village Hall.