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Shopping locally pays off


Buy local. I purchased a Ford F350 truck with a plow from Emerling Ford in Springville, a couple years ago. I could have driven to the city and bought the same truck and plow separately and saved some money Ė or would I?

Last week, the plow lights stopped working. I could not find the problem myself. So, the next morning, without an appointment, I stopped in for service.

Deanna went beyond what I expected and finagled a technician to try to get me back on the road quickly. In the city would I have been the next number?

It ended up not being as simple of a fix as it would seem. This was a Friday, and by Monday morning, all the parts arrived and it was back together. Thank you Deanna!

So, when youíre thinking about going to the big city or dealing with a transient merchant for merchandise or services, take a moment and think of the long-term and the local economy.

If you are looking for a vehicle, jewelry, a bottle of wine, house repairs or even health services, if you can use what we have here, we need to use it. If others see how our local businesses strive, maybe they will bring even more or different products and services to our community.

The business owners that we use give back to our community. Do these outsiders sponsor your kidsí or grandkidsí soccer or baseball teams? Did they help build a Boys & Girls Club? Did they get a clock erected in the M&T Park?

If we do not use our local resources these types of things probably donít happen. Instead you might be helping to sponsor a team in Orchard Park or Hamburg!

Even after the cost of gas and wear and tear of a vehicle. are you really saving?

Michael Kaleta


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