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Posted on March 14, 2017 at 9:19 AM by PattiAnn Schultz
The words “Thank You” are not enough when it comes to acknowledging the many people who provided assistance during the recent wind storm. This storm, which knocked out electrical power to a large portion of the Webster population, caused upheaval to everyone but it also showed the strength of our community so let me give credit where credit is due.
Thank you to the utility companies from several states and Canada that sent crews to assist RG&E in restoring power lines and replacing broken poles. Their unselfish commitment in helping restore electrical power to Webster is greatly appreciated. Not only did these people perform their jobs as they are trained to do, but they had to work in horrific weather conditions as temperatures dropped into the single digits along with wind gusts that made their jobs even more challenging.
I am especially proud of the men and woman of the Webster Highway Department, the Webster Sewer Department, Webster Parks and Recreation, the Webster Police Department, the Fire Departments of Webster, and all our emergency responders for the around-the-clock services they provided during these trying days as our community recovered from one of the worst wind storms in decades.
It is not uncommon for people without electrical power to want services restored as quickly as possible. Yet I heard stories of people looking out for their neighbors by visiting them personally to see if they were safe or in need of any provisions. I also heard of people who were fortunate enough to have generators sharing power with people coping with no heat and lights.
A community can best be judged how it copes during times of crisis. The 2017 wind storm was not a pleasant experience to endure, but Webster did endure it and the credit goes in large part to the people who make up this community of ours.
If anything positive came out of this ordeal it is the proof that people are generally unselfish and willing to help others in need. We must also acknowledge that these kind acts of humanity are not just limited to one state, city, town, village or even a country.
As always, if you have any questions about your town government, please feel free to contact me during regular business hours at (585) 872-7068; or email me anytime at firstname.lastname@example.org
Ronald W. Nesbitt