THERE IS REASON FOR PRIDE IN OUR REGION

Our region... western New York... is a very special place! This is an exceptional area, because of the people here and with the region's magnificent rolling hills, small cites, expansive beautiful valleys, productive farm lands, and majestic lake plains . This area stands out as a wonderland of nature and opportunity. With our four seasons of the year, there is something very special about each and every season... be it summer, fall, winter and spring. The following poem is a poetic expression which depicts several aspects of the exceptional nature of our area in which we reside. I dedicate this poem to those who appreciate and enjoy this graceful and friendly community we call "home".

THIS IS OUR AREA AND WE SAY IT WITH PRIDE

Between the bountiful hillsides
With meadows and trees all in prime...
There is an area with splendorous texture
And flowing streams and beautiful lake waters sublime.

The hill sides are arrayed with choice splendor
Whatever season or time of the year,
They dress with colorful adornment
Giving to many, an abundance of cheer.

Here is where the Amish trail arrow points southward
With a bountiful picturesque so serene;
Pristine farms and woodlands of beauty
What a natural and spectacular scene.

The gleaming water of the brooks flows like crystals
Over rocks and glimmering shoals;
They are the waters from the beautiful hillsides
Into various lake waters with rippling unfolds.

The valleys between the lush-filled hillsides
Are a precious sight…truly to behold;
With people, tree lined road ways, and colored gardens
A precious sight and a joy to unfold.

There are ski resorts and community parks in this area
Beautifully landscaped to the state of the art;
And small cities, farm lands, and thriving townships
Meeting the needs of the people who take heart.

There are the places where people assemble
And gather to shop and to converse...
And after a bit, with time moving forward
Each group goes on their way to disperse.

There are men and women busily doing
The things that need to be done...
Working, shopping. and caring for others
And doing everything else under the sun.

There is the hustle and bustle of children
Having a ball game, playing in the park, and giving cheer
They are helpful to folks and to those who need assistance
And from folks like that , they receive a smile, maybe even a tear..

There are volunteers and helpful first responders
Who willingly give of their time;
There are businesses, skillful folks, and so many other
Who thoughtfully share their talents sublime.

This is the area…within the bountiful landscapes
Where thoughtful people work and reside
It is a remarkably pleasant people region
It is WESTERN NEW YORK... and we say it with pride.

---Poem by Robert L. Heichberger