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Canastota: Silly string no so funny

Village resident Chris Hannan, who also is a member of the Canastota Fire Department and volunteer for the Greater Lenox Ambulance Service, said he had three subjects he wanted to talk to the board about.

"I'm here as a taxpayer," Hannan told the board.

Hannan's first order of business was concerns he had with a story he read in the June 11 edition of the Canastota Bee-Journal.

The story was taken from the June 2 village board meeting.

Canastota resident Tina Chandler had asked the board if a monument could be erected in honor of the fire department's fire dog, Lorenzo, who passed away last year. Chandler said Lorenzo had worked more than 50 fires with his handler, fire investigator Bruce Chandler and accompanied him to many fire prevention programs for children.

Mayor Todd Rouse told Chandler at that time to talk it over with members of the department but possibly a plaque or statue could be placed in Reflection Park.

At the meeting June 16, Hannan told the board that Lorenzo was not the department's fire dog.

"He was privately owned," Hannan said.

Hannan said that he's been a member of the fire department for 25 years and has held fire prevention programs for children in the schools for 20 years and the dog has never accompanied him, although Lorenzo would accompany Bruce Chandler at parades.

"If the village needs to do that (erect a memorial for Lorenzo) then do that at Clark Park," Hannan said.

Hannan said there is a place a Clark Park to honor fire fighters.

"I don't think anything should be near the 911 park," Hannan said. "Leave it alone. Nobody should be honored there."

Hannan's other bone of contention was parking around the village. His concerns were parking on both sides of Wilson and Spencer streets when St. Agatha's Church is holding mass, and tight parking around DeLano Avenue and First and Second streets when there are activities at South Side School.

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