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Campaign aims to raise funds for Aurora overlook

A preservation campaign will kick off Monday to try to raise $630,000 to develop a Mill Road Scenic Overlook vista in the Town of Aurora.

The Friends of Mill Road, along with the town and Western New York Land Conservancy, are sponsoring the event at 1 p.m. at the overlook site, just north of 1301 Mill Road. Parking will be permitted only in the southbound lane along Mill Road.

A wildlife release has been coordinated with the SPCA wildlife department in honor of the day, as well as an official sign unveiling. A hike on the property will follow the formal program, weather permitting.

For generations, the overlook area has long been a well-known spot for beautiful views of the area, including Knox Farm State Park in the distance.

"The goal is to acquire the 60 acres that frame this landscape and to ensure its protection with a conservation easement," said Kathy Lasher, co-chairman of the Friends of Mill Road citizens group that is working to raise the money needed to create and preserve the overlook.

The project also is part of a newly designated Western New York Southtowns Scenic Byway, and community leaders envision visitors to East Aurora's Roycroft campus, shops and restaurants also checking out the Mill Road vista, Aurora Supervisor Jolene Jeffe said. A scenic overlook pull-off has been designed and will be constructed.

If it is raining Monday, the event will be held at the Elm Street Bakery, 72 Elm St., in East Aurora. A decision on location will be posted by 10 a.m. on the and websites.

Donations to preserve the Mill Road overlook can be made at