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The new parking area at Cheektowaga Central High School is expected to be completed by Nov. 15.

The School Board this week awarded the bid for the expansion of the south parking lot to Greenauer Blacktop for $48,962.

The lot will have about 60 spaces.

The board had voted to ban student parking from campus this year because of a shortage of spaces. But the district was able to free up 20 spaces in the lot for students, and it decided to move up construction of the new lot to this year.

The expanded parking was included in the district's $19 million bond issue, but it was not expected to be constructed for about two years.

Lancaster students plan political forum

Lancaster High School students will have the opportunity to put Town Board candidates on the hot seat.

Students from the Participation in Government and Broadcasting/Journalism classes will participate in the November election process by holding a political forum with the candidates from 9 to 10:30 a.m. Tuesday in Room 122 of the high school, 1 Forton Drive.

The four candidates running for two seats are incumbents Georgette F. Pelletterie, a Republican, and Democrat Mark M. Montour. They will be challenged by Ronald Ruffino, a Democrat, and Douglas Szary, a Republican.

Candidates will be allowed to give opening and closing statements and will have one minute to respond in the question-and-answer session. Only students may ask questions.

Candidates night planned in Clarence

The Clarence Chamber of Commerce and the Clarence unit of the League of Women Voters of Buffalo/Niagara are jointly sponsoring a Candidates Night Out at 7 p.m. Monday in the Clarence Town Hall Auditorium, One Town Place.

All candidates on the Clarence ballot for the November elections have been invited. These include those running for the county offices of comptroller, sheriff, Legislature, Family Court judge and surrogate judge. Candidates for local offices also will attend.

Unopposed candidates are invited to give short statements but questions from the audience are only for contested offices.

Afterward, everyone is invited to stay for cider and doughnuts and an opportunity to meet the candidates.

For more information, call Maxine Johnson at 634-8639.

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