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BY: Steve Dlugosz | November 14, 2012

An acting court justice who had served the Village of Blasdell for more than two decades will no longer preside over the bench in his fill-in capacity, following the Village Board’s acceptance last Wednesday (Nov. 7) of the judge’s resignation.

The resignation of Acting Village Justice Thomas J. Wojciechowski was approved by a board vote of 3-1, with Trustee Matt Chandler abstaining. It was stated by Blasdell officials that Wojciechowski had served for at least 20 years as an appointed fill-in judge, stepping in to preside over cases when regular, elected Village Justice Daniel Grasso was unable to perform given duties.

Mayor Michael Petrie did not comment further on reasons for Wojciechowski’s resignation. A replacement to fill Wojciechowski’s acting justice position has not yet been appointed.

In other meeting action, Trustee Rob Hefner discussed soon-to-be implemented plans for the former Kaczor’s store on Lake Avenue, located next to the former CVS store that is slated to be the new home of Hamburg Floorcovering. According to Hefner, taking over at the former Kaczor’s site will be “A King’s Ransom,” a self-described thrift store/furniture consignment. Featured items at the store will include gently used clothing, furniture and other general appliances, available at affordable prices. It was stated that discounts will be offered for village residents shopping at “A King’s Ransom,” where a coat drive was said to be scheduled in the near future for local involvement.

Hefner added that a recent village planning board meeting had yielded positive feedback regarding the new store, which is slated for opening within the next few months.

“I’m really excited,” Hefner said in describing his feelings for the discount store’s takeover at the Lake Avenue site. “The village really needs something like this.”

Other clothing accessories to be offered at the store include jeans, pajamas and hooded sweatshirts.

Additionally, it was noted at the Village Board’s Oct. 17 meeting that the former Jubilee store site on Lake Avenue will become a commissary for Pine Hill Coffee, which was described as providing products for their trucks as well as having contracts with a substantial number of convenience stores throughout Western New York.

Other matters from last Wednesday included:

• Petrie describing the Farmer’s Market’s initial season in the village as successful, as the final Market session for 2012 was conducted on Wednesday, Nov. 7. Petrie thanked hosting business Ilio DiPaolo’s Restaurant and the Hamburg Chamber of Commerce for helping to effectively implement the item.

“I hope that people got good value, and that it helped (residents) out,” said Petrie, who added that the Farmer’s Market could include additional vending options in 2013. He added that three interior firefighters in training will soon join the ranks of the Blasdell Volunteer Fire Department.

• Village Clerk Administrator Janet Plarr reminding residents to have collected leaves positioned between their sidewalk and curb, in the case of leaf collection at the property. It was added that brush collection in the village ceased on Oct. 29.

• Trustee Kathy Seufert King said that Yellow Dot forms, documents utilized in a program conducted through the Sheriff’s Department, are available at village hall for interested residents. Included on the forms would be medical and personal information, as well as photo ID, for at-risk residents who could require EMS attention while in their vehicle in a hypothetical health case. Such information would then be instructed to be stapled inside the individual’s vehicular glove compartment.

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