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The Lancaster Public Library is celebrating two milestone anniversaries in a public gathering Oct. 17.

It was 100 years ago on Sept. 16, 1915, that the library received its charter from the state. Forty years ago, in 1975, the Lancaster Library moved from its Clark Street building to its new facility at 5466 Broadway.

The adult celebration will be from 7 to 10 p.m. Oct. 17. The event is dubbed “Laughing Out Loud at the Lancaster Library.” There will be appetizers, desserts, aadult beverages and live music provided by the Easy Street Big Band and dancing.

Throughout the event, patrons will be able to check out the library’s history on a series of display panels.

Tickets are $25 per person and can be purchased at the library. For more information, call 683-1120.

Lancaster’s One-Room Schoolhouse will feature a Civil War event on Oct. 3.

The Blue and the Gray will meet on the schoolhouse grounds at the corner of Bowen Road and Williams Street, from 10 am to 3 p.m. Sponsored jointly by the Lancaster Historical Society and the Buffalo Civil War Roundtable, this free, family-friendly event will feature uniformed Civil War re-enactors portraying the Union Army, the Confederate Army and civilians of the 1860s.

It also will be an opportunity for the public to visit and tour the historic one-room schoolhouse that was built in 1868 and is furnished just as it would have been during its early years of operation. Members of the Lancaster Historical Society will be on hand to discuss the schoolhouse and the many items on display.

A “truce” had been declared for the day so that all the participants can meet and greet the public in a peaceful manner. “General Ulysses S. Grant” and “General Robert E. Lee” will be in attendance, as will members of Co. A of the U.S. Battalion of Engineers, the Union Volunteers Fife & Drum Corps, and representatives of several area Civil War reenactment groups displaying their weapons and equipment. A display of Civil War era medical instruments also will be featured.

New this year to Lancaster schools is the introduction of student email accounts for students in grades seven through 12. The district said it was initiated at student request and said it is one of the first local districts to provide students with their own e-mail accounts.

“We agree with our students that having access to email is an important educational tool and we have planned diligently over the last couple of years to be successful at making this a productive, positive experience,” Superintendent Michael J. Vallely said in the district newsletter. “In my discussion with students, they’ve said they believe that learning how to maintain an e-mail account is essential for success in college and in the workforce. By providing student email accounts, we are giving students a tool that will have an immediate impact on their academic lives.”

Some practical uses of district-issued email include communicating with teachers regarding questions, extra help, or homework, he said. Students can use email to communicate with each other about assignments or collaborate on group projects.

Additionally, the district this fall began allowing its Middle School students to bring their “own device” - cell phones and Ipads - to their classes. The expansion of the new program to the Middle School is the next extension after it was first introduced at the high school level. “We’re excited about the possibilities” to enhance classroom instruction, Vallely told the School Board last week.

This week:

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