Residents now have the chance to view a new statue, titled “Best Friends,” at Williamsville’s pocket park, which is located between Williamsville Village Hall, at 5565 Main St., and the library.
The 125-pound statue, which depicts a boy and a girl sitting on a bench while reading a book together, is 40 inches high and 41 inches wide. According to the Village of Williamsville, the statue is the first piece of public art to be installed in any of the village’s public spaces.
The pocket park is a popular green space that also features a pergola, stone patio, garden and seating areas. A dedication ceremony recognizing Nick and Marcia Roth for their donation of the cast-bronze statue took place on Aug. 7.
The ceremony was led by Amherst Public Libraries Director Roseanne Butler-Smith on behalf of the Amherst Public Library Board of Trustees. Officials from the Village of Williamsville and Town of Amherst were also present.
The Roths, who are longtime village residents, donated the statue to the Williamsville Library. Marcia Roth is a longtime member of the village’s Beautification and Garden Walk committees, and Nick Roth is a member of Williamsville’s Parks Committee and Tree Board.
According to the village, the garden in the pocket park is planted and maintained by the village’s Beautification Committee volunteers. According to a statement from the Beautification Committee, it is the organization’s hope that the Roths’ donation will spark the interest of community members to consider donating to the village other works of public art. The committee added that it is grateful to the Roths for their donation and appreciative of the request for the statue to be included in the pocket park.
• LADY OF FATIMA — St. Leo the Great parish will be hosting the national traveling Fatima statue on Wednesday, Aug. 22, at St. Leo’s, located at 885 Sweet Home Road.
Mass at 8 a.m. will be in the chapel, and the statue will be venerated all day in the main church. At 6:30 p.m., there will be recitation of the Holy Rosary and a talk on the message of Our Lady of Fatima by the statue’s custodian, Bill Sockey. The statue was blessed by Pope Paul VI in 1967 in honor of the 50th anniversary of Our Lady’s apparitions at Fatima.
It was entrusted to the World Apostolate of Fatima, USA, headquartered at the Blue Army Shrine of Our Lady of Fatima in Washington, New Jersey.
• CONGRESS ON YOUR CORNER — Rep. Brian Higgins will hold a Congress on Your Corner during Senior Safety Night from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 29, at the Amherst Center for Senior Services, 370 John James Audubon Parkway.
During the event, residents have the opportunity to talk directly with someone from Higgins’ office about federal matters. Issues discussed often include Social Security, veteran benefits or medals, passports, federal student aid or small-business assistance.
Residents can also reach Higgins’ office in Erie County by calling 852-3501.