Williamsville celebrates one year after the tornado


By Carole Piscatelli
Williamsville UMC

WILLIAMSVILLE – An outdoor ecumenical service on Sept. 19 capped off a weekend of celebration in Williamsville, just 13 months after a devastating tornado leveled several buildings in town, including the Williamsville Christian Church.
The Williamsville UMC joined with the Christian Church in the service to thank the LORD for His provision during and after the tornado. Pastor Dave Beals, pastor of the Christian Church and Rev. Dick Piscatelli, pastor of Williamsville UMC, led the service. The service was held under several large tents, which included praises, thanks in testimony and prayer and the recognition of many workers that assisted with cleanup and rebuilding.
A meal was held on the Boulevard and all donations received after expenses are paid will go to the Midwest Mission Distribution Center who sent flood buckets and other supplies for the work to be done.                        
On Saturday as the Village celebrated Williamsville Festival Days, the Village President Tom Yokley presented special Certificates of Appreciation to individuals, law enforcement agencies and other organizations for their outstanding service.