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Good Samaritans help in rescue


While in Springville Christmas shopping on Dec. 18, my wife and I enjoyed a delicious lunch at the Downtown Pizzeria and Cafe, plus a haircut at The Barbershop Soli Deo Gloria, in an effort to support local merchants.

Upon returning to my car parked on Main Street, I stepped off the sidewalk onto the street, where my crutches promptly went through a storm drain, which was unmarked and covered with snow, all the way down to the handles. I hit my head on the drain and street, causing a variety of injuries: a gash on my forehead, requiring 15 stitches, brush-burns down to my chin, a fractured fingertip and a broken tooth.

Fortunately, several good Samaritans – May and Dana Nova from Nova Glass, J.P. Nabozny from The Barbershop Soli Deo Gloria and the Main Street Cafe came to my rescue, and helped my wife and I get to the emergency room, where Dr. Lori Hudzinski and the entire emergency room staff did a great job putting me back together again.

My concern is that, being an amputee and depending on crutches to maneuver around, these grates must have very large openings, as my crutch tips are 2 inches in diameter and they did not hit a thing on the way down. These grates represent a great danger to all residents that use adaptive supports, such as canes, walkers, crutches, etc., as well as high-heeled footwear and even small children.

I understand that Route 39 through downtown Springville is maintained by the state of New York. The state should look into what might be done to remedy this dangerous winter situation. It might entail modifying the grates, erecting a marking system at grate locations for winter months, or other measures that would make getting around downtown Springville a safer place to shop and eat, during the long winter months.

Improving this grate situation would also help the village’s streetscapes plan for the downtown area by attracting more people, including residents from the new senior citizens’ apartments on Waverly Street, to enjoy your picturesque central business district, during the long winter months.

John Seltzer
West Valley


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