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School district voters to decide two proposals

Polls will be open from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. today for Kenmore-Town of Tonawanda School District voters to consider a pair of proposals that could mean more children will be walking to school and one fewer school building in the district.

Polling places are the Philip Sheridan Building, 3200 Elmwood Ave.; Herbert Hoover School, 249 Thorncliff Road; and Kenmore East High School, 350 Fries Road.

One proposition, which would save the district about $400,000, calls for modifying the distance requirements for student busing. Elementary school students would have to walk up to a half-mile, and the distance would be extended to 1.5 from 1.2 miles for middle school students and to 1.8 from 1.5 miles for high schoolers.

The second proposition is about selling the former Green Acres Elementary School, and a fraction of the adjacent land, "not for less than $850,000." The district wants to sell the building because operating expenses have been exceeding rental revenues.


Golf course opening set at Beaver Island

Beaver Island State Park golf course will reopen Thursday with new lower rates and specials in effect, State Parks Commissioner Rose Harvey announced.

"Beaver Island has opened up early this year and offers great value as well as challenging play. We hope to see our regular golfers and many new visitors hitting the links soon," Harvey said in a statement.

This year, greens fees at the Grand Island course have been reduced by $1 to $3 across the board. Greens fees for 18 holes were reduced from $25 to $22 on weekends, and from $21 to $18 on weekdays. There also are spring and fall specials, as well as midday specials during the season. Rates are also listed on the agency's website,

For information or to make a reservation, call 773-3271.

Changes in weather may impact operating schedules and anticipated opening dates. Golfers are advised to call ahead if there is a question about course conditions. For information, call 774-0455.


Zoning code is focus of public forum

A public forum regarding the City of Buffalo's ongoing efforts to revamp its zoning code, dubbed the Green Code, will be held April 10 at the City Campus of Erie Community College.

Sign-in for the meeting starts at 6:15 p.m., with a presentation and discussion scheduled for 6:30 to 8:30.

City representatives, as well as representatives of the city's consulting firm, Camiros, will be on hand.


Two Maryvale projects face voters in May

The Maryvale School District is asking voters to approve two capital projects, worth $100,000 each, when the community heads to the polls in May.

The district is hoping voters approve both projects, one of which would be completed by the end of the current fiscal year in June using the savings Maryvale acquired over the mild winter.

The second project is budgeted for the 2012-13 school year, and the district intends to pay for both using current funds to be eligible for a 71 percent reimbursement rate from the state.

The main priorities for Maryvale are the replacement of a building water heater and repair of an exterior staircase near a loading dock.

The second project would repair the water-damaged gym floor at the middle school, replace the water lines going into the primary school and regrouting the pool at the middle school. Should voters approve only one project, the water heater and staircase repair would take precedence.


Lake View Fire District to get $88,347 grant

The Lake View Fire District in the Town of Hamburg will receive a federal grant of $88,347 for new emergency radio equipment, Sen. Charles E. Schumer, D-N.Y., announced.

The funding, which comes from the Assistance to Firefighters Grant Program administered by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, will be used to purchase new mobile and rig-based radios in conjunction with the countywide switch to a high-band VHF frequency for first responders.


Iroquois programs to be relocated

Programs usually held on the main campus of the Iroquois School District will be relocated to the Elma Primary School this summer because of a construction project.

Those programs include the Tri-Town Recreation Program, the Summer Reading Program and BOCES class.

School Superintendent Douglas Scofield said summer school will continue to be run at the high school, but, due to the installation of new pavement, parking will be limited to the side lot and across the street.

The announcement comes as the district continues to work through a $17.5 million project that will affect most of its six buildings at some point during the 18-month construction schedule. The work, targeting building and system upgrades, is scheduled to wrap up in October.


Free course offered on baby-sitting April 14

A baby sitter education course will be offered for free at the Harris Hill Volunteer Fire Company from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. April 14.

The course is limited to the first 100 registered 12- to 16-year-olds. The program is funded by donations from the Clarence Area Volunteer Firefighters' golf tournament. Interested participants should contact

Topics to be covered include fire safety, fire extinguisher training and basic first aid training. Free lunch is included.


Golf discount cards, season passes on sale

The Amherst Youth & Recreation Department has begun selling golf discount cards and resident season passes.

Cards can be obtained through the Amherst Youth & Recreation Office, 1615 Amherst Manor Drive. Office hours are 8:45 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Monday to Friday and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday.

Amherst public golf courses are scheduled to open, weather permitting, in mid-April.

For further information, call 631-7132.


School Board has 2 seats up for election

Two East Aurora School Board seats are up for election May 15. Incumbent board members S. Dennis Holbrook and MaryBeth Covert plan to seek re-election to three-year terms on the seven-member board.

Residents interested in running for the two seats can pick up petitions and informational packets at the district office on the first floor of the Middle School at 430 Main St. A minimum of 28 valid signatures are required on the petitions.

The deadline for petitions to be submitted is 5 p.m. April 16 at the district clerk's office in the Middle School.