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Where we live; A town-by-town digest of what's happening in our communities

Amherst

Residents who need a helping hand with household chores, baby-sitting or other jobs can be paired with adolescents and young teens in Amherst looking for work.

The Youth Work$ Program offers year-round help to residents in need of assistance with odd jobs around their home. Tasks performed include yard work and gardening, light housework, child and/or pet care, elderly assistance, computer tutoring or other jobs. If you are a resident looking for assistance, contact Youth Work$ to discuss your needs.

Payment for work done must be at least minimum wage and is negotiated between the resident and the teen. A detailed program brochure is available on the Town of Amherst website.

Youth ages 12-20 interested in joining Youth Work$ should go online to fill out an application or contact the Youth Work$ office.

For more information, call Marcia Wrazen at 631-7217, or visit www.amherst.ny.us, keyword: youthworks

Also this week:

*The Town Board will hold a work session at 3 p.m. Monday in the council chambers of the Amherst Municipal Building, 5583 Main St., Williamsville.

*The Williamsville Village Board will meet at 7:30 p.m. Monday in Village Hall, 5565 Main St. The meeting will be preceded by a work session at 6 p.m.

*The Williamsville School Board will meet at 7 p.m. Tuesday in the District Office board room, 105 Casey Road.

*The Sweet Home Board of Education will hold its June study session at 7 p.m. Tuesday in the Vergils Center of Sweet Home High School, 1901 Sweet Home Road.

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Aurora

The Aurora Historical Society is launching the Blue-Star Museums program, a collaboration of the National Endowment of the Arts, Blue Star Families, the Department of Defense and more than 1,500 museums across the country.

The program is offering free admission to all active duty military personnel and their families through Labor Day. In Aurora's case, the historical society operates the Millard Fillmore House at 24 Shearer Ave. and the Elbert Hubbard Roycroft Museum at 363 Oakwood Ave.

The Fillmore House and Hubbard Museum are open on Wednesdays, Saturdays and Sundays from 1 to 4 p.m. Any active military personnel, along with up to five family members, may take a tour at either or both museums free of charge.

Also this week:

*The animal cruelty trial of Beth Lynne Hoskins continues at 4:15 p.m. Monday in Aurora Town Court, Main and Paine streets.

*The Town Board meets at 7 p.m. Monday in the auditorium of Town Hall, 300 Gleed Ave.

Hall.

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Buffalo

Grassroots Gardens of Buffalo is looking to lease an additional six lots from the city as part of a renewed lease lawmakers are expected to vote on Tuesday.

The addresses of the lots are 384 Sweet St., 195 Victoria Ave., 104 and 108 Farmer St., 74 Gibson St. and 71 Lombard St.

The changes are part of a renewed lease with the organization, which will allow the group to propose amendments to the agreement during the term of the lease.

The group currently has 15 gardens on 25 parcels.|

The agreement was endorsed by the Common Council's Community Development Committee last week.

The Council will meet in regular session at 2 p.m. Tuesday in Council Chambers.

Also this week:

*The Common Council will hold its premeeting caucus at 2 p.m. Monday in Room 1417 of City The Water Board will meet at 8 a.m. Wednesday in Room 502 of City Hall.

*The Buffalo Urban Renewal Agency will meet at 9:30 a.m. Thursday in Room 209 of City Hall.

*The Preservation Board will meet at 3 p.m. Thursday in Room 901 of City Hall.

*The Buffalo Erie Niagara Land Improvement Corp., the countywide land bank, will meet at 3 p.m. Friday on the 10th floor of the Rath Building, 95 Franklin St.

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Cheektowaga

The bicentennial of the War of 1812 will be commemorated all day today in the town of Cheektowaga.

A parade to the War of 1812 Cemetery on Aero Drive at 11:30 a.m. where a program will follow. It's free and the public is invited. For Cheektowaga seniors, a pizza and chicken wing reception will follow the event at the Pvt. Leonard Post Jr. VFW #6251, 2450 Walden Ave.

Events continue today with a "Flag Day Concert" Sunday at the Cheektowaga Town Park amphitheater. The Cheektowaga Central Jazz Ensemble and the Cheektowaga Symphony Orchestra will perform. The concert is slated to begin at 6:45 p.m.

John Philip Sousa's "Stars and Stripes Forever," Tchaikovsky "1812 Overture" along with "America the Beautiful," "A Salute to the Armed Forces," the "Youth of Britain March" and others will be featured at the concert.

The events will conclude with fireworks at dusk, culminating the town's 4th annual Crabapple Festival, which began Friday.

Also this week:

*Town board members will hold a 6 p.m. Tuesday work session in the council office conference room at Cheektowaga Town Hall, 3301 Broadway.

*The Planning Board will hold a 7 p.m. Thursday meeting in the council chambers at the town hall.

*The Cheektowaga School Board will meet at 7 p.m. Tuesday in its district offices, 3600 Union Road.

*The Maryvale School Board will hold a 6 p.m. Monday meeting at 1050 Maryvale Drive.

*Seniors and other town residents are encouraged to wear purple Friday in recognition of World Elder Abuse Awareness Day. The senior center asks citizens to wear purple Friday "to show your support in eradicating this growing problem among our older population."

*An informational session about EmPower New York, a state-sponsored program to help citizens get a handle on energy efficiency, will be held from 10 a.m. to noon Monday in the lobby of the Cheektowaga Senior Center, 3349 Broadway. A representative will be on hand to answer questions and provide information about the program.

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Clarence

The Clarence Hollow Farmers Market will celebrate its 10th anniversary on Saturday, with the unveiling of a mural called "Market Menagerie."

The mural, featuring images of farm animals, was created by Jeff Perdziak with the guidance of Donna Ioviero. Market manager Cheryl Anthony had wanted a mural to draw attention to the market site, across from the Clarence Bowling Academy, on off days.

The market is open 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, and a ribbon cutting and mural unveiling will be at 11 a.m.

Also this week:

*The School Board will meet 7 p.m. Monday in the Clarence High School lecture hall, 9625 Main St.

*On Tuesday, students, staff members and parents of students of Clarence Center Elementary School will unveil a "chain of kindness," with about 3,000 links and about 2,000 feet long, at an 8:15 a.m. rally on the school's back property, at 9600 Clarence Center Road.

Each link is a handwritten note thanking someone in the school community for an act of kindness. It is part of "Rachel's Challenge," a national program inspired by the life and writings of Rachel Joy Scott, the first person killed in the 1999 Columbine High School shootings.

*The Zoning Board of Appeals will meet at 7 p.m. Tuesday in Town Hall. Twelve appeals are on the agenda.

*The Town Board will meet at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday in Town Hall, following a 6 p.m work session. The agenda includes two public hearings related to Affordable Senior Housing Opportunities of New York's proposed senior housing complex on Roll Road. Towne Mini and Niagara County Produce are requesting public hearings to be scheduled related to their respective projects.

*The second annual Red Devil Run/Walk for Recovery 5K, benefiting Kids Escaping Drugs, will be 9 a.m. Saturday at Epiphany United Church of Christ, 9365 Clarence Center Road. Register at www.clarenceschools.org.

*The American Cancer Society Relay for Life of Akron/Clarence/Newstead will begin Saturday at Clarence High School. The event will be 2 p.m. Saturday to 6 a.m. on June 17. For details, visit www.relayforlife.org/AkronNY or call 1-800-227-2345.

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Grand Island

Town Clerk Pattie Frentzel recently enrolled about 40 seniors at Grand Island High School as registered voters. The annual event to register students turning 18 within the year included information on obtaining an absentee ballot for those going away to college. Anyone with questions can contact Frentzel at 773-9600.

Also this week:

*Adrian's Custard and Beef will hold its first cruise night Monday. In addition to the classic cars on hand, there will be a basket raffle and music performed by the Bob Lee Trio. The event will take place from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the restaurant, 2335 Grand Island Blvd. Proceeds will benefit the Make-A-Wish Foundation.

*Sixth-grade orientation will be held at 6 p.m. Monday in the middle school, 1100 Ransom Road. The 1 1/2 -hour event, only for parents of current fifth-graders, will include a building tour. For details and questions, call the school at 773-8830.

*One Island One Team One Dream meets at 4 p.m. Tuesday in the high school's small cafeteria, 1100 Ransom Road. It's the last meeting before the summer recess.

*The high school classes of 2011 and 2012 have donated two benches to the school that have been placed in the small courtyard.

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Hamburg

The town will celebrate its bicentennial with a beach party at Woodlawn Beach State Park next weekend.

There will be Weidner's chicken barbecue, beer tent, live music, amusement rides, games, food and free parking. Most activities will take place Saturday and Sunday, with a kickoff "happy hour" and entertainment from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. Friday, 5K run at 9 a.m. Saturday and parade at noon Saturday. The weekend will end with fireworks on the beach at 10 p.m. June 17.

All residents of the Southtowns can take advantage of a household hazardous waste drop-off that will take place at Erie Community College South Campus from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday.

Items that can be dropped off include pesticides, fertilizers, pool and household chemicals and cleaners, oil based paints, spray cans, oil, gasoline, kerosene, antifreeze, paint thinner, stripper and solvents, lead acid and rechargeable batteries, mercury thermometers, thermostats and metal, propane tanks and cylinders. Enter from Big Tree Road via Abbott Road.

The third annual Lois Koss Memorial run will take place at 6:30 p.m. Thursday at St. Peter and Paul Catholic Church, 66 E. Main St.

The run is held in memory of Koss, a Hamburg village resident and teacher at Frontier Central School District for more than 25 years who died in 2009 from cancer.

Proceeds will establish college scholarships for graduating high school students.

Also this week:

*The Town Board will conduct a work session at 6 p.m. Monday in Conference Room 1, followed by the regular meeting at 7 p.m. in the court room in Town Hall, 6100 South Park Ave.

*The village Historic Preservation Commission will meet at 9 a.m. Tuesday in Village Hall, 100 Main St.

*The village Planning Commission will meet at 7 p.m. Tuesday in Village Hall.

*The village Architectural Review Committee will meet at 7 p.m. Tuesday in Village Hall.

*The village Environmental Commission will meet at 7 p.m. Wednesday in Village Hall.

*A concert in Memorial Park will start at 7 p.m. Wednesday. The rain site is Union-Pleasant Elementary School.

*The town Traffic Safety Advisory Board will meet at 7 p.m. Thursday in Conference Room 1 in Town Hall.

*The village Traffic Safety Committee will meet at 7 p.m. Thursday in Village Hall.

*The Farmer's Market will take place from 7:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Saturday in the municipal parking lot in the village.

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Lackawanna

The Board of Education will hold its monthly work session at 6 p.m. Monday in the Superintendent's Conference Room, Room 202, 245 South Shore Boulevard. The board will hold its regular monthly business meeting at 7 p.m. Thursday in Martin Road Elementary School Auditorium, 135 Martin Road.

Also this week:

*The city's Planning and Development Board will meet at 5:15 p.m. Wednesday in Council Chambers, 714 Ridge Road, to discuss a development plan review for Welded Tube, 1951 Hamburg Turnpike.

*The Zoning Board of Appeals will meet at 6 p.m. Thursday in Council Chambers to consider a request by Abdulla S. Almontaser to open a bakery and deli and a request by Rahma Abdulla for a variance for a fence at 128 Norfred Drive.

*Sanitation crews will conduct bulk garbage pickups in city neighborhoods Monday through Friday. Bulk items such as appliances, furniture and mattresses may be left at the curb on regular garbage day for pickup. The city will offer one other bulk pickup this year, during the week of Sept. 17.

*Baker Victory Services recently completed a remodeling of its Dental Center at 790 Ridge Road. The new offices feature low chairs for children and extra-wide rooms for parents to accompany them. Three dentists and three dental hygienists staff 10 patient rooms.

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Lancaster

The Lancaster Industrial Development Agency is expected to vote Tuesday on whether to grant tax breaks to Harper International's planned expansion in the Village of Lancaster.

Harper, which specializes in thermal processing solutions, is seeking a break on property taxes, the sales tax on new equipment and the mortgage recording tax.

Officials at Harper have said they plan to reconfigure their campus of five buildings -- moving out of three leased buildings and expanding the two other buildings -- in an effort to make their operations more efficient.

IDA documents place the value of the expansion at $6.45 million.

Harper employs 97 people at its West Drullard Avenue campus and expects to boost employment by 15 percent this year, according to the company.

The Harper public hearing begins at 8:30 a.m. in the Town Hall, 21 Central Ave.

Also this week:

*The Village Board meets at 7 p.m. Monday in the Municipal Building, 5423 Broadway.

*The board will hold a hearing on whether to require the Lancaster Presbyterian Church to replace 15 spindles removed from the facade of the church during recent renovation work. (See article on this page for details.)

*The School Board meets at 7 p.m. Monday in the district offices, 177 Central Ave.

*The Village Historic Preservation Commission is set to meet at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday in the Municipal Building.

*The Town Zoning Board of Appeals will meet at 8 p.m. Thursday in Town Hall.

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Orchard Park

The Town Board appointed former Councilwoman Nan Ackerman to the Comprehensive Plan Implementation Committee. The committee will meet at 7 p.m. Monday in the municipal center, 4295 S. Buffalo St.

Also this week:

*The Village Board will meet at 7 p.m. Monday in the municipal center.

*The town Recreation Commission will meet at 6 p.m. Tuesday in the municipal center.

*The Town Board will conduct a work session at 6 p.m. Wednesday in the supervisor's conference room.

*The town Planning Board will meet at 7 p.m. Wednesday in the basement meeting room in the municipal center.

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Southern Erie County

The Marilla Town Board will hold a work session at 7 p.m. Tuesday in Town Hall, 1740 Two Rod Road.

Discussions will resume on a flag lot law and a new law regarding egress from subdivision streets.

On Thursday, the board will hold a regular meeting at 7:30 p.m. Supervisor George Gertz said the specifications for the water tank painting will have been opened by then, and he hopes the board will be able to award the contract at the meeting. The tank will be out of service for three months while the work is being done.

Also this week:

*The Boston Planning Board will meet at 7 p.m. Tuesday in Town Hall, 8500 Boston State Road.

*The Eden Library Board will meet at 7 p.m. Monday in the library, 2901 E. Church St.

*The Eden Town Board will meet at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, 2795 E. Church St.

*The Elma Public Library board of trustees will meet at 7 p.m. Tuesday in the library, Bowen and Rice roads.

*The Wales Town Board will hold its monthly meeting at 7 p.m. Tuesday in Town Hall, 12345 Big Tree Road. The board is scheduled to discuss zoning code updates covering signs and solicitation.

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City of Tonawanda

The School Board will have a regular meeting at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday at Tonawanda High School, 100 Hinds St.

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Town of Tonawanda

A third-grader at St. John the Baptist School will lead a team in this month's "Ride for Roswell" with the support of his classmates.

Students raised $2,558.47 in support of Patrick Connolly, who was diagnosed with leukemia in 2009 at the age of 6. He was presented a check during the school's end-of-year Field Day on Friday; Ride for Roswell is June 23.

According to school principal Cynthia Jacobs, it was Patrick's health challenge that prompted his participation in the annual ride to raise funds for Roswell Park Cancer Institute, where he's been undergoing treatment.

When middle school students learned of Patrick's situation, they came up with the idea of "Pennies for Patrick," Jacobs said. That blossomed into a series of fundraisers that has generated more than $5,000 for Patrick's ride during the past three years.

Additional cash was raised via prizes donated for a raffle, a baked good sale, a themed basket raffle and neighborhood lemonade stands. In addition, entry fees for the school's Kid-Biz entrepreneurial project were donated.

This year's ride is particularly exciting for Patrick, his principal said, because he just completed his last chemo treatment and will be riding "free and clear."

The Town Board granted a special use permit Monday night for the operation of a used car business near Sheridan Park.

Lawmakers voted unanimously to issue the permit to Auto Credit Auto Sales, which will operate at 10 Grand Island Blvd., at the intersection of Sheridan Drive.

Located within a general business district, the property previously housed a service station and a collision shop, according to Carl Heimiller, supervising code enforcement officer.

The site is being leased and the business will be operated by Keith Loughrey, who attended Monday's public hearing on the application but declined to comment.

The permit comes with 16 provisions, some of which prohibit common sales gimmicks. Number 11 states that no banners, streamers, pennants, flags, strings of lights, strobe lights nor any movable advertising devices shall be permitted on vehicles or the site.

Other provisions limit the number of used cars for sale on site to 15 and the number of parking spaces for customers/employees to six.

Also this week:

*The monthly meeting of Kenmore Village Improvement Society, at 7 p.m. Monday in the Kenmore Community Center on Wilber Avenue, will include an appearance by Mike Berns, the village's building inspector.

*A regular meeting of the Ken-Ton School Board begins at 6 p.m. Tuesday in the cafeteria of Kenmore Middle School, 155 Delaware Road.

*Parents and community members are invited to a Flag Day assembly at Hoover Elementary School. It begins at 1:30 p.m. Thursday in the Hoover Complex Auditorium, 199 Thorncliff Road.

*An eReader Open Lab is scheduled for 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thursday in the Kenmore Branch Library, 160 Delaware Road. Participants should bring their devices -- and a USB cord, if applicable -- and library card to learn how to borrow e-books from OverDrive.

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West Seneca

A public hearing will be held Monday during a regular Town Board meeting on a local law that will require newly-hired town employees to submit to drug screening and criminal background checks.

The law, proposed by Councilman John M. Rusinski, is expected to be voted on at the 7 p.m. meeting in Town Hall, 1250 Union Road.

Besides the drug screening and criminal history checks, all new hires whose duties may include using motorized vehicles or equipment will undergo driving history checks.

The town will be allowed to consider driving records in making employment decisions. The law would apply retroactively to employees hired after June 1.

Also at Monday's meeting, board members are expected to consider the tabled item of appointing Sarah Flattery from part-time clerk typist to recreation leader. The board heard on May 21 from Senior Citizens, Recreation, Youth Director Mary Josefiak about her need for the full-time recreation leader.

In a separate resolution on Monday's agenda, Josefiak is asking the town board to raise Flattery's pay from $9 to $15 per hour.

Also this week:

*The town will hold its Master Plumber & Sewer Contractor exams at 6 p.m. Wednesday in the Building & Plumbing Office, Room 210 at town hall. Applications are available at 558-3242.

*The Planning Board will hold a 7 p.m. Thursday meeting at town hall. Included on the agenda is a request from Young Development for the construction of 15 eight-unit apartment buildings, nine garage units, a three-unit building along with other renovations to structures at 810 Union Road. Also on the agenda is a request from Nussbaumer & Clarke for its proposed 75-lot Queens Landing subdivision.

*The Friends of the Burchfield Nature & Art Center will hold a screening of "Fairy Tale: A True Story," at 7 p.m. Thursday inside the center at 2001 Union Road. The movie, which is based on actual events that took place in England during World War I, is about two young girls who take pictures of fairies in their garden.

*The 2012 Relay for Life -- West Seneca to raise money for cancer research will be held at noon Saturday at the West Seneca East Senior High School, 4760 Seneca St., athletic field. A Relay for Life meeting will be held at 6 p.m. Tuesday at West Senior High School, 3330 Seneca St., in Room 155.

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Village of Akron / By the numbers

Total population: 2,868

AGE:

Median: 42.3
Percent under 5: 5.3
Percent under 18: 21.5
Percent over 65: 18.4

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Population by sex

51.8% female

48.2% male

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Population by race

96.3% white

1.3% Hispanic

0.5% black

0.3% Asian

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HOUSING:

Tota lunits: 1,382
Percentage vacant: 6.4
Percent owner occupied: 63.7
Percent renter occupied: 36.3

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HOUSEHOLDS:

Total: 1,293
Average size: 2.21
Percent with husband-wife: 43.5
Percent with husband-wife and kids under 18: 15.7
Percent with single fathers: 2.4
Percent with single mothers: 7