Talk Of The Towns & Topics...pg. 31
A new plow truck, recently unveiled by the Town of Tonawanda Highway Department, will do more than just handle heavy snow. It also will honor local veterans as it travels down the road.
The new addition to the fleet has been decorated to honor servicemembers, veterans and their families. Municipal employees painted an American flag, a bald eagle and graphics depicting each branch of the military on the plows and truck's frame.
“The Town Highway Superintendents Association of Erie County is very proud to be partnering with Peggy and Karen of Bubbles Pet Salon and Spa to be donating monies to support 30 service dogs of Veterans through Western New York Heroes for full grooming services,” said Frederick J. Piaseki, Jr., Board member and past-President of the Association.
He continued, “as we all travel the roads of life we all go over the bumps of the road's ups and downs, but all of us working together in so many ways can help out those who have sacrificed so much for all of us. We, at the Highway Superintendents Association, stand proud this coming Memorial Day in supporting the work of Western New York Heroes for the Veterans they are assisting.”
WNY Heroes offers assistance through Grants, Programs and Resources available to Western New York Veterans and their families. The Town Highway Superintendents Associations, Inc. of Erie County comprises the Highway Superintendents for all the towns within Erie County and the vendors that support the mission of better and safer highways and bridges. Bubbles Pet Salon & Spa aims to provide the best possible grooming and pet services by providing a clean environment, offering the best available products and grooming with most loving and gentle hands in western New York.
The concept was conceived by recently retired highway superintendent William Swanson and approved by members of the American Legion Milton J. Brounshidle Post 205.
Assemblyman Robin Schimminger, D-Kenmore, said the truck honoring veterans is the first of its kind in Erie County. Schimminger secured $570,000 in state funds for the truck and three other heavy-duty trucks for the town.
- Buffalo News, July 20, 2017
The Town Highway Superintendents Associations, Inc. of Erie County and Bubbles Pet Salon& Spa have partnered up to provide free dog grooming services to Veterans and their service dogs.
“We couldn’t think of a better opportunity then to support our Veterans, who rely on the comfort and support of their service dogs,” said Peggy Gust-Anger co-owner of Bubbles Pet Salon & Spa. Karen Butterson, also owner, explained that they were both searching for a way to help these dogs after meeting Chris Kreiger from WNY Heroes. “We knew their might be a need, and we are so grateful and proud of this collaboration.