Village considering ban on outdoor furnaces
MIDDLEPORT -- The Village Board will hold a public hearing at 7 p.m. Monday to discuss a proposal to ban the use of outdoor furnaces to heat structures.
If adopted, a new local law would prohibit people from building or operating these outdoor furnaces, which generally are used to burn wood but sometimes are used to burn any type of combustibles.
"This does not concern the outdoor fire pits some people have, but strictly these outdoor furnaces used to heat houses or other structures," said Town Clerk Rebecca Schweigert, who added that two village residents currently operate such outdoor furnaces.
"The board has had discussions on this in the past, and because of the close proximity of houses in the village, it's a health issue, with air pollution, and a quality-of-life issue," Schweigert said.
The board's regular monthly meeting at Village Hall, 24 Main St., will follow the public hearing.
Festival participation by artists is sought
NEWFANE -- Organizers are looking for artists interested in participating in the Newfane August Fest on Aug. 18.
The festival will be held from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Main Street, featuring a parade, live entertainment and food vendors. The Newfane Business Association sponsors the event.
The cost for artists to exhibit their works in the festival is $20; organizers supply a tent. For an application, call 778-5273 or contact firstname.lastname@example.org.