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The 700 members of the Orchard Park Chamber of Commerce can expect a letter soon, asking them to contribute to the Boys and Girls Club.

Housed in the former Lincoln School, the club hopes to allow wheelchair users easy access to all the club's facilities.

"We've already put in a wider doorway for phase one, and expect to put in a wheelchair lift to the second floor for phase two," said Donald Gambee, the project coordinator. "That's what the solicitation is for."

Phase three, a ramped entryway and exterior lighting may be funded through a community block grant. That's still in the talking stages.

"But we need $15,000 for these first phases, which is why we're going to the community for support," said Gambee, who owns a construction company and who, despite an injury, rebuilt the concrete steps and made some repairs to the library.

The Boys and Girl Club plans changes in its programming, so the access initiative fits right in, according to Executive Director Bill Gehen.

Anyone interested in donating to the project should make checks payable to the Boys and Girls Club Lift, and mail them to PO Box 181, Orchard Park 14127.

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