As I glanced at the family of Staff
Sgt. William R. “Billy” Wilson III after the board approved renaming the former Margaret Louise Park as “Billy Wilson Park on Hopkins Road,” I felt both happiness and sadness.
In the instances I have spoken with Wilson’s parents, Kimberly and William, they have been extremely outgoing in talking with me about their son and his death while serving in the Army. I can’t imagine what the loss of a child feels like. Wilson seems to have touched so many lives with his own life. I commend the Wilsons for their strength.
Driving to work on Tuesday, I heard a new song by Bruce Springsteen on the radio. The song is called “The Wall.” It is about the life of a soldier who was killed in Vietnam. What is emotionally moving, however, is that the fallen soldier’s name is “Billy.” There were few words that could have expressed the coincidence of the name, as just seconds earlier I was reviewing in my mind how to write the front page story about the renaming of the park. Nonetheless, thank you for the sign, Billy. The community misses you.
• MAIN STREET TRAFFIC — Travel on Main Street in the Village of Williamsville will be slow due to lane restrictions beginning Friday, Feb. 28. Construction is being done as part of the renovations at The Irishman Pub & Eatery. Utility work will be done to allow the restaurant, at 5601 Main St., to tap into the water and sewer lines on Main Street. All of the work is being conducted through a state Department of Transportation permit.
• ORANGE LIGHTS — In recognition of March being Multiple Sclerosis Awareness Month, a few locations in the town will be spotlighted with orange lighting at night. Williamsville Village Hall, 5565 Main St.; the Amherst Municipal Building, 5583 Main St.; and the Village Meeting House, 5658 Main St., will each be lit orange from March 3 to 9 to raise awareness of the disease.
by DAVID F. SHERMAN
• FISH FRY SEASON — The annual observance of Lent begins next Wednesday, March 5, and with the season comes the opportunity for many community groups to sponsor fish fry dinners.
The Bee will publish listings of all local fish fry dinners in its March 5 and 6 editions. The deadline for us to receive the information is Friday, Feb. 28.
This will be a onetime listing, so groups planning one or a series of dinners are encouraged to send the information in time for next week’s edition.
Anyone interested in placing a paid advertisement for a fish fry should contact Advertising Sales Director Mary Anne Cappon at 204-4937 or at macap firstname.lastname@example.org.