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2017-08-09 / Editorial

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A WOMEN’S SPORT — I have never religiously watched wrestling on TV but remember watching a few high school matches when I attended Williamsville South High School. After speaking with Dan Murphy about his new book, “Sisterhood of the Squared Circle: The History and Rise of Women’s Wrestling,” I began Googling women wrestlers.

The book chronicles the history of women’s wrestling and also includes profiles of various women involved in the sport from the past and pre- sent. Murphy wrote the book with co-author, Pat Laprade.

I didn’t know much about how women’s wrestling got started, and it was interesting to find out other facts. There are many inspirational stories about these women. Mildred Burke started out wrestling men at carnivals. I read online that she wrestled more than 200 men, but lost to only one of them, in the 1930s.

COMPLETE STREETS — Later this month, residents will be able to experience a temporary demonstration of a “complete street” on Parker Boulevard from Tuesday, Aug. 22, to Thursday, Aug. 24.

This is a good opportunity for residents to take the time and see what a “complete street” is all about and whether they think it’s a good idea, or ask questions.

The demonstration project will take place between Berkley Street and Darlington Drive near Lincoln Arena.

During the event, town employees and neighborhood volunteers will be placing temporary materials in the existing pavement section to replicate a “complete street” design.

According to Smart Growth America, there are many economic and environmental benefits of a “complete street,” such as reducing crashes because of safety improvements, encouraging more walking and bicycling and easing transportation woes.

The new traffic pattern will last approximately two days and will return to the existing design after Aug. 24, according to the statement.

Design elements will include protected crosswalks, narrowed vehicle lanes, buffered bike lanes, and a mini-roundabout at the Parker-Decatur intersection. Those interested in participating in the demonstration event and helping to bring a more pedestrian-friendly street design to the town should contact James Hartz at jhartz@tonawanda.ny.us.

TURKEY TROT — Summer has been flying by. Looking ahead, there may be events you may have always wanted to try.

Registration is now open for the 122nd annual YMCA Turkey Trot. Runners can register at www.YMCABN.org until race capacity is reached.

Presented by ADPRO Sports, the YMCA Turkey Trot is a time-honored Thanksgiving Day tradition. Race organizers recommend that interested participants register early to secure their spot.

According to a prepared statement, the YMCA Turkey Trot is an 8K race that attracts 14,000 runners and walkers annually. Proceeds raised from the event benefit children and families who would otherwise be unable to afford vital YMCA programs and services.

For more information on this year’s race, visit www.YMCABN.org or contact the Turkey Trot call line at 875-1283.

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