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West Seneca

West Seneca Police Chief Edward F. Gehen will retire at the end of this month.

Gehen, 57, who has led West Seneca’s finest, for a dozen years announced his intent to retire to West Seneca town officials last week.

“I want to thank all the members of our police department who have worked hard in one of the best occupations anyone can have the privilege of working in,” said Gehen. “Each day we come to work, we have the unique opportunity to have a positive impact on the lives of people within our community. We should always make the best of that opportunity.”

“It has been an honor to have led the police department for the last twelve years, to have worked with the members in our department and to have served the community of the Town of West Seneca. May God bless you all and keep you safe throughout your careers.”

Meanwhile, town officials will begin the process of searching for Gehen’s successor.

Also this week:

• The West Seneca Planning Board will consider a request from Nussbaumer & Clarke, Inc. for an extension to the final approval for the proposed 75-lot Queens Landing subdivision at a 7 p.m. Thursday meeting at West Seneca Town Hall, 1250 Union Road.

• The Town of West Seneca’s “YES Friday Fun Night” will be held at 6:30 p.m. Friday at the Kiwanis Youth Center, 50 Legion Pkwy.

• The West Seneca Art Society will open its Spring Art Show on Friday with a 7 p.m. reception at the Burchfield Nature and Art Center, 2001 Union Road. The show, which will feature art by painters, sculptors and photographers from across Western New York, runs through May 2.

• The Christian Metz House at 12 School St., home of the West Seneca Historical Society, was recently added to the state’s register of historic places. The structure – also known as the “Community of True Inspiration Residence” – was built around 1850. It is considered “the best surviving example of a house built by the Community of True Inspiration.” The Christian group, also called the “Ebenezers,” adhered to the principles of “common ownership and plain living” and are considered to be the town’s earliest European settlers. The settlement was established in 1842.