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2017-11-08 / Editorial

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Some of you may have attended Sunday’s 100th anniversary celebration of women getting the right to vote in New York. The event, presented by the Kenmore Village

Improvement Society, was held in the Kenmore United Methodist Church and included various luminaries, including Lt. Gov. Kathy Hochul.

New York wasn’t the first state in the nation to give women the right to vote, but it did precede by three years the ratification of the 19th amendment, which gave women the right to vote in the United States. Both were a long time coming. The movement for women’s rights began on the national level in 1848 with a convention in Seneca Falls, New York, organized by abolitionists Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Lucretia Mott. Despite their tireless efforts, neither would live to see either the nation or New York give women the vote.

Interestingly, my friend Denise Reichard does historical re-enactments of the lives of famous women, and Stanton is one of them. She was scheduled to perform as Stanton on Wednesday night for a program presented by the Historical Society of the Tonawandas.

It’s gratifying to know that multiple groups marked this special time in history when women received what my grandmother referred to in a 1903 letter as “the franchise.”

GETTING HER GOATS — Students at Kenmore East High School had some interesting visitors recently when Kim Schildwaster, a family and consumer science teacher, brought goats to school from her own farm. Her purpose was to illustrate the importance of knowing how food is produced and what happens to food before it reaches the grocery store.

The visiting animals, named Mr. Goodbar and Twitch, are myotonic goats, a type that is easily frightened and, as a result, may faint or freeze. Such goats are traditionally used for food. Schildwaster’s goats belong to her children, who are active in 4-H. Currently, Twitch is being trained to be a pack goat for a show at the Erie County Fair.

East’s students were able to interact with the goats, take photographs with them and sample goat cheese and curry. They also examined different breeds used for milk and fabric. While the goats were visiting, students used an app called GooseChase to answer questions about goat products and test their knowledge.

“It is important that students understand how food is produced and the process it takes to reach the grocery store,” Schildwaster said. “Eating locally supports local businesses, and Western New York is a prosperous agricultural region.”

Schildwaster has been teaching the students about Farm to Table, a movement that encourages people to buy meats, produce and eggs directly from local farmers. Farm to Table advocates say locally produced food is more nutritious, healthier and better for the environment, and that buying locally is good for the area’s economy.

WE WANT YOUR BUSINESS — Have you opened or expanded a business? Perhaps you are adding or promoting employees, or maybe your company has received an award. If so, we may want to include your news on our business page. Call Anna DeRosa at 204-4920.

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