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Akron/Newstead

The Newstead Town Board has a public hearing at 7:40 p.m. Monday on proposed revisions to the town’s windmill law. The proposed law looks to address lot width, height and aim to clarify the approval process for windmills. The hearing will be followed by a regular meeting at 8 p.m. The hearing and meeting will be held at Town Hall, 5 Clarence Center Road, Akron.

This week:

• The Akron Village Board meets at 7:30 p.m. Monday at Village Hall, 21 Main St.

• The Newstead Planning Board meets at 7:30 p.m. Monday at Town Hall, 5 Clarence Center Road, Akron.

• The Akron Central School Board meets at 7 p.m. Wednesday at the High School, 47 Bloomingdale Ave.

Alden

Alden-area fire companies will be on hand at the Alden Farmers Market with fire trucks and equipment on Saturday for Fire Safety Day. Residents are encouraged to celebrate the day by taking a free ride in the big snorkel, and get a firsthand view of the equipment Alden firefighters use.

The Alden Chamber of Commerce, sponsors of the market, will be selling coffee, pop, pizza and hot dogs. The chamber also sells unique Alden postcards as well as spices, herbs and dips. The market is located in the Tractor Supply/Save-a-Lot Plaza, 13119 Broadway, Alden. The market runs from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., Saturdays through Oct. 10.

This week:

• The Town Board meets at 7 p.m. Monday for a work session at Town Hall, 3311 Wende Road.

• The School Board meets at 7 p.m. Thursday at the High School, 13190 Park St.

Amherst

The Amherst Historic Preservation Commission will host a lecture at 10 a.m. Saturday at the Williamsville Meeting House, 5658 Main St.

The speaker will be Herbert Schmidt, executive director of the Buffalo Niagara Heritage Village, formerly known as the Amherst Museum, who will speak on “Buffalo Niagara Heritage Village: A Retrospective.”

The event is free and open to the public. Light refreshments will be served.

This week:

• Erie County sponsors a free rabies clinic for dogs, cats, and ferrets from 4 to 7 p.m. Wednesday in the Noonan Center Garage of the Erie Community College North Campus, 6205 Main St., Amherst.

The event is organized by the Erie County Department of Public Health, in partnership with the Niagara Frontier Veterinary Society, the SPCA serving Erie County and Medaille Veterinary Technology. For additional information, call Erie County Legislator Edward Rath’s office at 858-8676 or e-mail Edward.rath@erie.gov.

• The Amherst Veterans Committee meets at 5:30 p.m. Monday in the Amherst Municipal Building, 5583 Main St.

• The Sweet Home School Board will hold its September voting meeting at 7 p.m. Tuesdayin the Vergils Center of Sweet Home High School, 1901 Sweet Home Road, Amherst.

• The Zoning Board of Appeals meets at 7 p.m. Tuesday in the municipal building.

• The Historic Preservation meets at 7:15 p.m. Tuesday in the municipal building.

• The Amherst Planning Board meets at 6:30 p.m. Thursday in the municipal building.

Aurora/East Aurora

Those who are interested in furthering their educational experience will have 44 classes to choose from this fall, as the East Aurora Schools Community Education has released its Fall/Winter catalog. With a combination of new classes and popular returning favorites, the times vary from one night to full term.

This year’s classes will include topics that range from Zumba classes and horticulture, to math classes aimed at elementary students.

Classes are open to adults ages 21 and older and there are some available to students in high school. The district offers senior citizen discounts to residents ages 62 or older for many of the courses offered. For more information, visit the community education website at eastauroraschools.org/community education or call 687-2311.

This week:

• The Aurora Town Board meets at 7 p.m. Monday at Southside Municipal Center, 300 Gleed Ave.

• The East Aurora Planning Commission has a special meeting at 6 p.m. Tuesday at Village Hall.

• The East Aurora Historic Preservation Commission holds a “Preservation for Progress” conference Saturday morning at the Roycroft Powerhouse on South Grove Street. Informal sharing of old photographs, scrapbooks and diaries starts at 9 a.m.

Cheektowaga

A Town Board work session begins at 6 p.m. Tuesday in the Council Office Conference Room on the second floor of Town Hall, 3301 Broadway.

This week:

• There’s a Cheektowaga-Sloan School Board meeting at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday in the Irma Czubaj Board Room at Woodrow Wilson Elementary School, 166 Halstead Ave.

• The town’s Traffic Safety Commission meets at 7 p.m. Tuesday in Council Chambers at Town Hall.

• A meeting of the Cleveland Hill School Board begins at 7 p.m. Wednesday in the community room, 105 Mapleview Road.

• The town’s Zoning Board of Appeals meets at 7 p.m. Wednesday in Council Chambers.

Clarence

Clarence Center Road, from Transit Road to Newhouse Road will be closed for bridge repair over Gott Creek until December, Erie County Department of Public Works announced last week.

This week:

• The Clarence Hollow Association is holding its quarterly meeting at 5:30 p.m. Monday in the Asa Ransom House, 10529 Main St. Refreshments will be served.

• It’s Farm & Tractors Day at the Clarence Hollow Farmers Market, 10717 Main St. this Saturday. The market is open Saturdays, rain or shine, from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. through October.

Depew

The musical tour “Dancing In The Street” is coming to the village on Oct. 14.

The event kicks off with an 11:30 a.m. luncheon, followed by a show from 1 to 3 p.m. at The Grapevine Restaurant, 333 Dick Road. Tickets are $49.95, which includes lunch and tip and are available by calling Latshaw Productions at 724-853-4050 or 1-800-528-7429. The restaurant number is 391-1895. More information online is at: www.latshawproductions.com.

The Latshaw Pops Orchestra performs with a group of 30 professional musicians, singers and dancers for the fall tour production of “Dancing In The Street.” Music, costumes and choreography will be reminiscent of the Doo Wop, Motown and Disco eras. Dancing is included.

This week:

• The Village Board meets in a work session at 6 p.m. Monday, followed by its regular meeting at 7 p.m. The board first meets in the emergency manager’s office at 6; then in council chambers at 7 in the Municipal Building, 85 Manitou St. Both meetings are in the Municipal Building.

• The School Board meets at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday in the High School cafeteria, 5201 S. Transit Road.

Elma/Marilla/Wales

Marilla celebrates its agricultural history when the town hosts its 10th annual Ag Day celebration Sept. 20 at the town campus, 1740 Two Rod Road.

Displays include farm animals, tractors and engines plus special displays and demonstrations. Food and other activities are available.

Musical performances include the Danny Lynn Wilson Band from noon to 1 p.m. and the Craig Wilkins Country Band from 2 to 5 p.m.

The annual farm tractor pull takes place at the firemen’s field on West Avenue at 4 p.m.

This week:

• The Elma Planning Board meets at 7 p.m. Tuesday in Town Hall, 1600 Bowen Road. • The Elma Town Board meets at 7 p.m. Wednesday at Town Hall, 1600 Bowen Road. • The Iroquois School Board meets at 7 p.m. Wednesday in the Intermediate/Middle School cafetorium, 2111 Girdle Road, Elma. • The Marilla Planning Board meets at 7 p.m. Thursday in Town Hall, 1740 Two Rod Road.

• The Marilla Free Library book sale takes place Friday through Sunday at the community center, 1810 Two Rod Road. Hours are 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Friday, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday and noon to 4 p.m. Sunday.

Grand Island

The Grand Island School Board meets Monday for a tour of the district’s Eco Island Nature Center on the west end of Staley Road, followed by its regular meeting. The tour begins at 6:30 p.m. The meeting follows at 7:30 p.m. at the nature center.

This week:

• The Town Board meets for three workshops this week: 9 a.m. Tuesday, review of the Gus Macker basketball tournament; 6 p.m. Tuesday for a joint meeting with the Fire Company; and 11:30 a.m. Friday for a meeting with grant writers.

Hamburg

It’s the week to clean up!

This is large trash pickup in the Village of Hamburg. It will be collected on the regular garbage day.

The 30th Annual Great Lakes Beach Sweep will take place from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday All volunteers are welcome. The base is at Woodlawn Beach State Park on Route 5 in Hamburg.

More than 6,800 volunteers participated in the 2014 New York State Beach Cleanup, and they cleaned 245 miles of shoreline. Among the items picked up were 16,711 plastic bottles, 8,037 cans and 7,777 glass bottles.

This week:

• The Town Board meets in a work session at 6 p.m. Monday in Conference Room No. 1 followed by a regular meeting at 7 p.m. in the board room in Town Hall, 6100 S. Park Ave.

• The Hamburg Central School Board meets at 5:45 p.m. Tuesday in the Administration Building, 5305 Abbott Road, with the Audit Committee. A public hearing on the alternative veterans tax exemption will take place at 6 p.m.. The board will conduct its regular session immediately following the executive session.

• The Hamburg village Architectural Review Committee meets at 7 p.m. Tuesday in Village Hall, 100 Main St.

• The Blasdell Farmers Market runs from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Wednesday in the Shops at Lake Avenue, which is the former Hills Plaza at 4271 Lake Ave.

• The town Planning Board will discuss Michael Jablonski’s request for a special use permit for two wind energy systems at his property at 3134 Old Lakeview Road during the board’s work session at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday in Room 7B of Town Hall. A regular meeting follows at 7 p.m., with the board to discuss the proposal from Two 19 Sports to construct a sports complex at 5160 Camp Road and a proposal from Glenn Wetzl to rezone vacant land on the northeast corner of McKinley Parkway for a planned residential district.

• The Blasdell Village Board meets at 7 p.m. Wednesday in Village Hall, 121 Miriam Ave.

• The Hamburg Farmers Market is open from 7:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday in the village municipal parking lot, with entrances on Main and Union streets. There will be music in Peace Park, across from the Palace Theater, from 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.

• A ribbon cutting ceremony is set for the newly-expanded Hamburg Public Library, 102 Buffalo St., at 2 p.m. Thursday.

• “Haunted Hamburg” walking tour of the village will start at 7 p.m. Saturday evenings at Main Street Ice Cream, 35 Main St., and continue every Saturday night through Halloween. Cost is $10 per person, children under 7 are free.

Lancaster

Town officials got an earful last week from residents upset over a temporary construction access stone drive planned for the proposed Hidden Meadow subdivision which they said would cause safety issues, create dirt and dust and affect their quality of life.

The town has not yet approved the access road, which it has indicated it wants the developer to build on town property by Old Post and Partridge Walk. But the road - with stipulations being crafted - could potentially be in place for a few years, subdivision gets built in phases.

Hidden Meadow is an 88-home subdivision being developed by Forbes Capretto on a landlocked parcel between two existing subdivisions, The Meadows and CountrySide. So far, the town has formally approved the first phase for 30 homes.

One resident complained to the town that existing drainage problems would escalate and it would amount to a road in his backyard. He asked the town to push the developer to pursue alternative access roads. Town officials, however, do not want to have the developer direct construction vehicles to cut through the existing subdivisions’ roads.

“We’re not happy about it,” said Bill Tuyn, vice president of development and diversification for Forbes Capretto. “We don’t want to be building a temporary driveway that’s not cheap to build and then bear the cost to remove the road.”

Eventually, the land will be restored and never used again, he said.

Tuyn said the developer will try to remove as few trees as possible on the town property to construct its access road, which Councilwoman Donna Stempniak said could be in place for up to five years.

“One way or another, someone will be upset because they’ll have vehicles going past them,” Tuyn said. “We’re just really trying to do what the town wants within reason, but to be sensitive to neighbors. Each time a phase is constructed, vehicles will be driven through for three phases.”

This week:

An event to benefit the Alzheimer’s Association of Western New York will be held from 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday, , at the Lancaster Moose Lodge, 5437 Broadway. The fundraiser will feature a Zumbathon, basket auction, refreshments and live music. Doors will open at 1:30 p.m. Tickets are $15 in advance or $20 at the door.

For more information, call Karen Overhoff at 681-2255 or Janis Graham at 380-5897.

• The Village Board meets at 7 p.m. Monday in a regular session in council chambers of the Municipal Building, 5423 Broadway.

• The Town Planning Board is scheduled to meet at 7 p.m. Wednesday in Town Hall, 21 Central Ave.

• The Village Planning Commission meets at 7 p.m. Thursday in council chambers of the Municipal Building.

Orchard Park

Celebrate the arts and Orchard Park High School homecoming weekend with a carnival, football game and the 54th annual Quaker Arts Festival.

The homecoming parade starts at 10 a.m. Saturday at St. Mark’s Church, Potter Avenue East on Route 20A and ends at the North Freeman Road field where the carnival starts at 10:30 a.m. The varsity football game starts at 1 p.m.

For an artistic fix, stop in at the arts festival from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Middle School, 60 South Lincoln Road.

This week:

• The Village Board meets at 7 p.m. Tuesday, first floor conference room, Municipal Center, 4295 S. Buffalo St.

• The town Public Safety Committee meets at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Police Station, Municipal Center.

• The town Economic Development Committee meets at 7 p.m. Tuesday, first floor conference room, Municipal Center.

• The town Zoning Board of Appeals meets at 7 p.m. Tuesday, basement meeting room, Municipal Center.

• The Town Board meets Wednesday for a 6 p.m. a work session at the Supervisor’s office before the 7 p.m. meeting in the court/board room, Municipal Center.

• The village Zoning Board of Appeals meets at 7 p.m. Wednesday, first floor conference room, Municipal Center.

Southern Erie County

North Collins High School students plan to collect returnable bottles and cans to benefit the Marine Biology Club and senior class.

School district residents may place bottles or cans worth 5 or 10 cents in a bag marked “MBC” for marine biology club near their front door or on the curb before 9:30 a.m. Saturday.

Students expect to collect them until 1:30 p.m. They ask residents not to leave them out overnight because someone else may take them.

Residents may also deliver them to the high school before 1:30 p.m. Saturday or Eden Recycling on Main Street in the Town of Eden before or after the collection day.

Those who take them to the recycling center should mention they are donating them to the high school.

If residents have questions, they should call the high school’s office at 337-0101 ext. 304.

This week:

• The Angola Village Board meets at 7 p.m. Monday at Village Hall, 41 Commercial St.

• The Lake Shore School Board meets at 7 p.m. Tuesday in the Library Media Center at Lake Shore High School, 959 Beach Road, Angola.

• The Blasdell Village Board meets at 7 p.m. Wednesday in Village Hall, 121 Miriam Ave.

• The Boston Town Board meets at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday at Town Hall, 8500 Boston State Road.

• The Eden Library Board meets at 7 p.m. Monday in the library at 2901 E. Church St.

• The Evans Town Conservation Advisory Board meets at 7 p.m. Monday in the Town Hall’s records room at 8787 Erie Road.

• The Holland Historical Society meets at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Old Fire Hall, 49 Main St. On Wednesday, the historical society will be taking a trip to Genesee Country Museum in Mumford. The cost is $13, and the group has rented a trolley for the day. While some food will be available on grounds, attendees are encouraged to bring a lunch. The trolley leaves from the town parking lot on Main Street at 9:30 a.m.

• The Springville Village Board meets at 7 p.m. Monday in the Municipal Building at 65 Franklin St.

• A hearing about the proposed group home for the developmentally disabled at 8621 Jennings Road in the Town of Eden is at 1 p.m. Tuesday in the Town Hall’s first-floor meeting room at 2795 E. Church St.

• The Springville Planning Board meets at 7 p.m. Tuesday in the Municipal Building.

• The Springville Historic Preservation Commission meets at 7 p.m. Tuesday in the Municipal Building.

• The Springville-Griffith Institute Board of Education meets at 7 p.m. Tuesday in the high school’s library at 290 N. Buffalo St.

• The American Red Cross holds a blood drive from 1 to 7 p.m. Wednesday in the Concord Town Hall at 86 Franklin St. To schedule an appointment, call 1-800-RED-CROS.

• The Eden School Board meets at 7 p.m. Wednesday in the junior-senior high school’s cafeteria at 3150 Schoolview Road.

• The North Collins Town Board meets at 7 p.m. Thursday in a special meeting at Town Hall at 10569 Main St.

City of Tonawanda

A car seat safety check will be held from 9 a.m. until noon in the front parking lot of police headquarters, 200 Niagara St.

Five technicians will be on hand to ensure that car seats are properly installed. The safety check is held in conjunction with National Car Seat Week.

This week:

• The Common Council meets at 7 p.m. Tuesday in City Hall, 200 Niagara St. An informal session begins at 6.

Town of Tonawanda

A daylong citizen science workshop and conference will be held Saturday in the Sheridan Parkside Community Center, 169 Sheridan Parkside Drive.

The free workshop begins at 9:30 a.m. with breakfast, continues at 10 a.m. with speaker presentations and concludes at 5 p.m.

Participants will learn how citizens used scientific data to hold Tonawanda Coke accountable for pollution, and how to use monitoring tools to test their own air, soil and water. Residents can bring a small bag of soil to have it tested for the presence of heavy metals.

Updates on civil and federal actions taken against Tonawanda Coke will also be given.

A bus tour of toxic sites in Western New York is scheduled from 3:45 until 9 p.m. Friday. Registration is required. For more info., call 873-6191 or email info@scresources.org. The workshop is organized by Citizen Science Community Resources and Global Community Monitor.

This week:

• The monthly meeting of Kenmore Village Improvement Society begins at 7 p.m. Monday in Kenmore Community Center, Wilber and Mang avenues.

• Ken-Ton school district residents are invited to a town hall meeting with Superintendent Dawn F. Mirand at 7 p.m. Tuesday in the Community Room of the Philip Sheridan Building, 3200 Elmwood Avenue. The meeting will include a brief update followed by a question-and-answer session.

• A work session of the Kenmore Village Board begins at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday in the mayor’s office at the Municipal Building, 2919 Delaware Ave. A regular meeting follows at 8 in Council Chambers.

• Archivist and collector David Kaplan presents the history of the Playboy, an eccentric little car built in Tonawanda by the Playboy Motor Car Corp. of Buffalo from 1946 to 1949, at 7:15 p.m. Tuesday in the Tonawanda-Kenmore Historical Society, 100 Knoche Road. Kaplan will bring one of the 97 cars made, weather permitting. For more info, call 873-5744.

• The Zoning Board of Appeals meets at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday in Council Chambers at the Municipal Building, 2919 Delaware Ave.

• The Erie County Commission on the Status of Women, Erie County and the county Parks Department will cut the ribbon on the Tribute Garden during the sixth annual Break the Cycle Bike-a-Thon and Walk from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday, Sept. 26, at Isle View Park, 796 Niagara St., Town of Tonawanda. The garden honors domestic violence victims, survivors and their families.

Registration begins at 8:30 a.m. on event day: $15 per adult, $10 per child up to age 12 and $45 for a family of four. Donors also may sponsor a domestic violence survivor for $20. To register, visit www.tributegardenwny.org.

West Seneca

Calling all artists! The West Seneca Art Society is inviting Western New York artists to apply for the sixth annual Fall Fine Art Show to be held next month at Burchfield Nature & Art Center.

Submissions of paintings, sculpture, photography, woodcarvings, prints and other fine art will be considered. Applicants should email two jpegs of their work to virginiapachol@gmail.com. Use “2015 WS Fall Show Request” in the subject line. Applicants will receive a membership application, but membership isn’t required to enter the show.

This week:

• A Town Board work session begins at 3 p.m. Monday in Council Chambers at Town Hall, 1250 Union Road. The regular meeting begins at 7.

• West Seneca Patrol Lt. Brian Cosgrove will be the featured speaker Wednesday of the West Seneca Rotary’s breakfast meeting at 7:45 a.m. at Alton’s Restaurant, 2221 Transit Road in Elma. Cost is $10, including breakfast. For additional information: www.wsrotary.org, or www.facebook.com/West SenecaRotary.