Western New York Southtowns Scenic Byway Sign
SPRINGVILLE — Two scenic byway signs were officially unveiled during a ceremony held at 3 p.m. on Aug. 3, during Springville’s Country and Bluegrass Fest.
The first sign is located on the corner of Franklin and Mechanic streets and the second sign can be seen on the opposite corner on Main Street, next to M&T Bank. Both signs are part of a wayfinding project implemented by the New York State Department of Transportation and the Western New York Southtowns Scenic Byway organization. The Goddard Memorial Hall, the Glenn “Pop” Warner Museum and the Goddard Town Hall are a few of the many historical sites described on the byway plaques.
Springville Mayor William Krebs unveiled the sign, along with project manager Ron Klinczar, WNYSSB President Bob Lennartz, Concord Town Supervisor Gary Eppolito and Erie County Legislator John Mills.
OFFICIAL DESIGNATION — Legislator John Mills speaks to the crowd, at the unveiling. Photo by Leo McCarthy.
“The signs are part of a scenic byway project of 14 signs funded by a grant from New York state for the promotion of tourism and the cultural, natural beauty of the southtown areas,” Krebs said. “With their location in the village center, this design and placement of the signs shall promote the interesting history and appeal of residing in and touring both the village and the town of Springville.”
Lennartz said, “This is a great promotional aspect for the southtowns. We approved this program in 2008, along with the aid of the NYSDOT. We had faith, from the start, and it was well worth both the effort and wait for this idea to become a reality.
“ It is both a great historical presence and brings people into the community,” he continued. “We want the public to know that we appreciate all citizens of Springville for taking part in this.”
Mills also spoke, on behalf of Erie County.
“This has been a great result, for all of Erie County and the state. This began as a project in Eagle Heights of Orchard Park, 12 years ago.
“I have represented this county and this town for many years and I believe the government works best, right here at the local level.”
A gun salute accompanied the unveiling of the signs, by three re-enactors, dressed as soldiers of Fiddler’s Green, representing the 1834 Militia.
For more information on the scenic byway, including the highlighted points of interest the sign depicts, visit www.wnyssb.org