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Thursday, March 14 2013

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        Mike Welch is running for Village of Elba Mayor

Hello. My name is Michael Welch. I am running for the office of Mayor this coming Tuesday March 19th, and I would like to ask for your vote!

My wife and I have lived in Elba for over 5 years. While we’re relative newcomers to Elba, we love our life here. I grew up as a big city kid in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. My wife grew up in Buffalo.  Now that we’re a little older and our kids are grown, we have come to love the small village life of Elba with its rural community and “small town” atmosphere. We love the Onion Festival, the parades, the free concerts in the park, and the yard sale days.                                                                                                                                                                

Why do I want to be Mayor?

I would like the opportunity to serve the community I love. It’s as simple as that. I am an enthusiastic resident of Elba, excited about the possibility of serving the people of our village as mayor. I am committed to keeping the special character of our village alive, and making it shine even brighter!

My qualifications?

I have worked for years as a supervisor in the pharmaceutical and retail industries. I was an EMT and volunteer firefighter for many years. I am currently the chairman of the Town of Elba Zoning Board of Appeals. I am a Committeeman for the Conservative Party of Genesee County here in Elba (dist. #1).

The focus of my campaign:

  1. Honest and open leadership.
  2. Bring more communication of Elba government & local events to the residents of Elba. I want everyone to know what’s going on in our community--from new laws being considered, to community yard sale days.
  3. Bring government, law enforcement, fire/rescue, high school, and residents together to work on emergency preparedness for our community. This would include offering CERT classes, and even possibly, run mass casualty exercises here in the community—in order to make our community safe.
  4. Bring small businesses back to Main Street.
  5. Bring the Onion Festival back to the park.

Please contact me with support, questions or concerns. (585) 813-8606, [email protected]

Please Vote Tuesday, March 19th 

2:05pm - 9:00pm
5:00 pm

Batavia Middle School Hosts Family Literacy Night from 5 to 7 p.m. on Thursday, March 14 for students and their families! This evening is dedicated to promoting literacy by giving parents and students the opportunity to attend exciting learning sessions led by the BMS staff.

In addition, we will be joined by the Richmond Memorial Library's Mobile Van, Literacy Genesee, and CornellCooperative Extension. The fou major sessions that will be offered include:

  • What No Bedtime Story Means… Reading aloud with younger children and encouraging teen and young-adult readers;
  • Digital Literacy: User-friendly Electronic Resources: Web site exploration and iPads!
  • READ180 Overview and Investigation: Sessions for grades 5/6 and for grades 7/8
  • Lexiles- The New Frontier! What Lexile measures are and how to use them with our libraries!

FREE pizza and other refreshments will be offered along with babysitting provided by the Batavia High School Z-Club for any young children of attendees.

Another highlight of the night for families will be "Books Galore!" - a chance to select FREE books to take home and enjoy with your families! This is a very important community event, and it centers around an issue that students and parents will truly benefit from. We encourage all family members and students of BMS to join us while we celebrate reading, and provide somehelpful tips and tools to take home.

5:00pm - 7:00pm
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