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Around the towns / News in brief from Western New York

Additional instructor in traffic school urged

Hamburg Village Court officials have asked the village to add another traffic school instructor.

The village had two instructors for the court-ordered traffic school, but one of them quit, Village Administrator Donald Witkowski told board members Monday evening.

Trustee Paul Gaughan said the village-run school is a source of revenue for the village.

"It's a convenience for the residents, too," Witkowski said.

Board members took no action on the request Monday.

Also Monday, Public Works Superintendent Marc Shuttleworth said the repaving of Highland and Oliver streets has been finished. The village expects to repair Union, East Union and Victory streets in July, he said.

The Wednesday concert series starts at 7 p.m. Wednesday in Memorial Park, which is a smoke-free park. There also will be music in Peace Park during the Farmers Market, starting Saturday.

"It's nice to see the people out and about," Mayor Thomas Moses said.


Parkside Garden Tour will be held Sunday

The 14th annual Parkside Garden Tour, one of the first garden tours of the year, will be held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday.

Information and maps will be available at Episcopal Church of the Good Shepard, corner of Jewett Parkway and Summit Avenue, and a $5 donation to the Parkside Community Association is requested.

The tour also includes a free audiovisual presentation on the history of Parkside by local author and historian Steve Cichon, and a $7 per person walking tour of Parkside by resident George Stock.


Walk Off Hunger set for July 30

The Food Bank of Western New York will hold its fourth annual Walk Off Hunger event July 30 in Williamsville aimed at raising money to feed needy families and individuals in the region.

Over the past three years, the communitywide walk-a-thon has raised enough money to provide more than 600,000 meals for Western New Yorkers.

The event is scheduled to begin at 6 p.m. on the grounds of Temple Beth Am, 4660 Sheridan Drive, near North Forest Road. Check-in for those participating in the walk begins at 6 p.m. For more information, visit the Food Bank's website at


Chamber will host 2011 Business Expo

The Grand Island Chamber of Commerce will host Island Happenings 2011 Business Expo from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday in the Town Commons. It will feature a KidBiz sale, a marketplace run by young entrepreneurs.

Whitehaven Road from Baseline Road to Grand Island Boulevard will be closed to traffic from 7 to 9:30 a.m. while the children and vendors set up their booths.

This is the first year the road will be open during the event. Participants hope the added traffic will be beneficial to sales.


A Pulaski will lead Pulaski Day Parade

A direct descendant of American Revolutionary War hero and Polish aristocrat Count Casimir Pulaski will lead the Pulaski Day Parade set for 1:30 p.m. July 17 in Cheektowaga.

Stanley R.C. Pulaski Sr., a Eucharistic minister in St. Bernard Catholic Church for 32 years, will be the grand marshal of this year's parade. He is a direct descendant of 18th century Gen. Casimir Pulaski, who was a member of Polish nobility and a military commander for the Bar Confederation, which fought against Russian domination of the PolishLithuanian Commonwealth.

Gen. Pulaski eventually emigrated to North America as a soldier of fortune during the American Revolutionary War. He died from wounds he suffered in the Battle of Savannah in 1779.

Stanley Pulaski will lead the Pulaski Day Parade from the Thruway Plaza on Walden Avenue, west to Harlem Road and north to Cheektowaga Town Park.


Community Days set Friday and Saturday

The West Seneca Civic & Patriotic Commission will kick off the town's annual Community Days at 6 p.m. Friday in Centennial Park, 1250 Union Road.

The two-day community festival will feature rides, live music, food, a parade and fireworks.

The festival will run from 6 p.m. to midnight Friday and from noon to midnight Saturday.

The schedule of events includes:

*7:30 to 11:30 p.m. Friday: The Boys of Summer.

*2 p.m. Saturday: Parade.

*4 to 5:30 p.m. Saturday: West Seneca Town Band.

*7:30 to 11:30 p.m. Saturday: Hit 'N Run.

*Dusk Saturday: Fireworks.


Board handles issues for fall and summer

It's summer -- finally -- but they're already talking fall and winter programs in the Town of Tonawanda's Youth, Parks and Recreation Department.

Monday night, the Town Board approved fees and charges for the 2011-12 programs. There are only a handful of increases -- mostly in the hockey program.

The participation fee for resident youth is going from $195 to $205 and nonresident youth from $285 to $295.

The mite and mini mites fee for residents is increasing by $10, from $230 to $240, and the nonresident charge is going from $330 to $340.

In the basketball program, nonresident youth fees are increasing by $10, from $80 to $90.

All fees are effective September 2011 through August 2012.


Chamber schedules business round table

The Clarence Chamber of Commerce will hold a business round table at 7 p.m. Thursday in the Clarence Public Library, 3 Town Place.

The topic will be electric and gas savings for businesses, with presenters from National Fuel and New York State Electric & Gas Corp.


YMCA at a new site: 31 Central Ave.

The Lancaster family YMCA has moved from its previous location at 5 W. Main St. to a more convenient and accessible one at 31 Central Ave.

Providing youth programs to the Lancaster and Alden School districts, the YMCA is committed to providing families with year-round activities, including youth sports, swimming lessons and summer camp.

YMCA Lancaster moved to its new location this spring with better amenities to serve its customers, such as ample parking and a brighter facility.

The YMCA offers offers a variety of programs for all ages and abilities and works with several insurance carriers to provide an opportunity for a healthier lifestyle.