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Rotary reflections - March

May 15, 2013
Westfield Republican / Mayville Sentinel News

Saint Patrick's Day wasn't neglected by Westfield-Mayville Rotary Club members.

That's because its president, John "Doc" Hamels, and his buddy, Bill Drellow, came prepared with their guitars and banjo. All joined in singing long ago, popular Irish tunes while clapping hands with the music.

During another regular Tuesday get-together, Rotarians learned all about homeopathy from Leslie Johnson, RPh, owner of Johnson's Village Pharmacy in Mayville. Introduced by Rotarian Dan Smith, she told how she opened her business with her husband, Steve, 10 years ago. It wasn't long after that she began increasing her education about natural medicine versus prescription alternatives.

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Greeted by Westfield-Mayville Rotary Club President John Hamels, right, were Brocton Central School Superintendent John Hertlein, left, and Westfield Academy and Central School Superintendent Dave Davidson, center. The subject for the day was WACS and Brocton consolidation, which will soon be up for vote.

"People were searching for help outside traditional medicine, so it was good timing," she said.

Although homeopathy is 200 years old, it was relegated to the background when prescription drugs were introduced. Then, some years ago, it became more popular, sending Johnson back to college to study this new-found "medicine." She will graduate in June 2013 with a degree in homeopathy and plans to add this to her business by seeing patients and, when appropriate, treating them homeopathically.

Most recently, Westfield Academy and Central School Superintendent Dave Davidson and Brocton Central School Superintendent John Hertlein gave a PowerPoint presentation, "The Future of Education in One Region," of highlights for consolidation.

Introduced by Rotarian and Chautauqua Lake Central School Superintendent Ben Spitzer, they emphasized ways in which the Westfield's and Brocton's schools are alike. Brocton thought WACS has more in common with it than with Fredonia, such as the number of students, family income, economically and parents in comparable businesses or employment, such as sales, farming and construction businesses.

After many meetings of both boards and with the community, it was determined that, regardless of "red tape" and New York State rules and regulations, agreement was reached that proved they would "do a good job."

Should both communities vote in favor of consolidation, it will be the second time two county districts merged, the first being Mayville and Chautauqua, now Chautauqua Lake Central School.



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