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It still has look, personality of Forestville

On Sunday, Oct. 8, we walked in the parade for the Forestville Fall Festival. With the mild weather, the turnout was the best it’s been in years.

The organizers put on a great event that my wife, Kelly, and I were happy to be a part of. This year’s festival was especially significant because it was the first without a village government in Forestville. The fire department sold out of its chicken barbecue, the streets of Forestville were brimming with people and the vendors packed the high school, as they always have.

The people of Forestville once again came together to celebrate the Fall harvest. There has been no loss of community or identity in Forestville. In fact, services are now being delivered through the town at a far less cost to the people in the hamlet. The town has organized a youth recreation program that will now pool together the resources of the entire town, including Forestville, Irving and Silver Creek. Forestville, which was once one of the highest taxed entities in the county, is now among the lowest.

The people of each municipality have the right to decide for themselves how they wish to have their government structured. But even without a village government, the traditions that bind the community of Forestville together still carry on.

It’s not government that makes your community. It’s people that make your community.

George Borrello is Chautauqua County legislator in District 6, town of Hanover, and is chairman of the Regional Solutions Commission.

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