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Around the towns / News in brief from Western New York

>GRAND ISLAND

School music earns national listing

The National Association of Music Merchants' Foundation has included the Grand Island School District on its listing of Best Communities for Music Education across the country for its commitment to and support of music programs.

Other Western New York school districts that made the listing include Albion Central, Frontier Central, Kenmore-Town of Tonawanda, West Seneca and Williamsville Central.

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>AMHERST

Headway of WNY to hold fundraiser

Headway of Western New York, an affiliate of People Inc. that assists people with brain injuries and other disabilities, will hold its annual fundraiser, "Healing, Growing, Celebrating Life," from 5:30 to 9 p.m. Thursday in Windows on the Green at Westwood Country Club, 772 N. Forest Road, Amherst.

Tickets are $40 and include food and two hours of free beer, wine and soft drinks, plus a chance to win door prizes. For tickets and information, call 408-3100.

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>HAMBURG

Coaching seminar reset to May 19

The Character Council of Western New York has rescheduled Joe Ehrmann's Inside Out Coaching Seminar, a full-day character education program that is appropriate for pre-K through college educators, coaches, administrators, athletic directors, recreation department personnel, college students majoring in education or recreation and other adults who mentor youth.

The program will be conducted from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. May 19 in Michael's Banquet Facility, 4885 Southwestern Blvd., Hamburg. Call 649-8940 to register.

The seminar, originally scheduled for March 17, was canceled because Ehrmann's plane could not land in Buffalo because of fog.

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>EAST AURORA

BPO to play June 27 in Knox Farm Park

The Friends of Knox Park and the state Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation will sponsor a Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra concert at 7 p.m. June 27 in Knox Farm State Park, East Aurora, that is free to the public. Matthew Kraemer will be conducting. The concert will be held adjacent to the main house.

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>CLARENCE

Rotary Club sells out annual Lobsterfest

The 20th annual Clarence Rotary Club Lobsterfest on June 2 is sold out. More than 600 tickets were sold. It is believed to be the earliest sellout date and the most tickets ever sold for the event.

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>ELMA

$34,903 saved on workers' comp

Elma Supervisor Dennis Powers reported last week that the workers' compensation company the town changed to in 2010 has been a successful move. The town received a refund of $34,903 this year due to its safety record for town workers.

Councilman Michael Nolan said, "All the town workers share in this, with raises and benefits."

At its meeting last week, the Town Board:

Named Town Engineer James Wyzykiewicz the storm water compliance officer, at no additional pay.

Learned there will be eight concerts this summer in the Village Green Park on Bowen Road.