Medina will close down streets for several upcoming events

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 27 August 2019 at 4:31 pm

Photo by Tom Rivers: Zelaya, a mariachi band, performed during a “Day of the Dead” celebration in downtown Medina last Nov. 1. They are performing under a big tent that was set up in the parking lot on West Center Street across from the Post Office. This Nov. 1, many of the performers will be at the Orleans County YMCA.

MEDINA – The Medina Village Board agreed to have some village streets closed to traffic for a short time to accommodate upcoming special events.

That includes demonstrations this evening at Lyons Collision on Orient Street. About 200 firefighters will be there from 6 to 8 p.m. to see extrications and other demonstrations.

The northern section of Main Street will then be blocked off on Wednesday from 3 to 8 p.m. for the Super Cruise.

On Sept. 7., Prospect Avenue near the YMCA and Pearl Street will be closed to traffic for the dedication of the bronze statue in front of the Y, which was originally an Armory and training site for soldiers. The dedication will be from 11 a.m. to noon on Sept. 7.

Medina businesses last year teamed with the Genesee-Orleans Regional Arts Council on Nov. 1  for the Day of the Dead, with many of the events under a tent at the parking lot on West Center Street across from the Post Office.

This time many events are planned downtown from 3 to 6 p.m., with a processional at 6 to the YMCA. The Y will host most of the performances. A section of West Avenue will be closed to traffic from approximately 5:30 to 6:30 p.m.

Karen Canning of GO Art! asked the Village Board for the short-term street closure. She expects there will be about 100 people in the processional.

Police Chief Chad Kenward said it will take about three police officers to keep the street closed and the participants safe. That will include some overtime for officers.

The board gave the OK for the overtime and blocked-off street.

“It’s something new and we want to encourage people to come into our town,” said Trustee Marguerite Sherman.

The board also approved use of Boxwood Cemetery for two Medina cross country meets, Oct. 1 and Oct. 8. The high school course is off-limits due to construction at the school campus.

Village officials said they would push to have some older trees pruned in the historic cemetery before the two races.

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