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Where We Live: Clarence


Eight candidates are vying for two seats on the Clarence School Board, a wide-open competition in a fiscally challenging year for the district.

The two board members who hold those seats, Elaine Diederich and Jean Ranney, are not seeking re-election in the May 21 vote.

That same day, district voters will decide the fate of a school budget that calls for a 9.8 percent property tax levy increase.

Also this week.

• The Town Board will hold a work session at 9 a.m. Wednesday at Town Hall. David Bissonette, disaster coordinator, will provide an emergency management overview.

• The Planning Board will meet at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, following a 6:30 p.m. work session, at Town Hall. Gabe’s Collision continues its quest for approval to open a combination collision shop, used-car business and rental car operation at 5817 Transit Road. Also, Jim Dorigo is requesting development plan approval for a dog kennel proposed for 9785 County Road.

• The Brothers of Mercy Campus Foundation’s Caritas Awards Dinner will be Thursday at Salvatore’s Italian Gardens.

• The Friends of the Clarence Library will hold its annual bike sale 10 a.m. to noon on Saturday at the Clarence Public Library. Donations of gently used bicycles will be accepted at the library 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Thursday and 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Friday. All bikes are sold as-is and all sales are final. About 40 to 50 bikes were sold at last year’s sale.

• The Clarence Hollow Farmers Market is bringing back May Flower Days, from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday at 10717 Main St. There will be early bedding and vegetable plants, spring produce and selected market vendors. The market’s full season begins June 1.

• A free reception celebrating the Town Park Clubhouse’s designation to the National Register of Historic Places will be 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday, at 10405 Main St. Tours will be offered at 6 p.m. and a brief ceremony will be at 7 p.m. Refreshments will be offered.

• The Clarence Women’s Club will hold its monthly meeting at 6:30 p.m. on May 6 at the Town Park Clubhouse. Debra Grzybek, human resource director of YMCA Buffalo/Niagara, will speak on the history of the YMCA as well as general health and wellness. Guests and new members are welcome. Call 759-9797 for more information.

• Clarence High School’s production of the musical “Chicago” received a Kenny Award for Best High School Musical, as well as for Best Orchestral Performance. The Kenny Awards honor high school musicals in the region. Because of its win, Clarence High School won’t be eligible to participate again until the 2015-16 school year.

• The Rotary Club of Clarence’s Lobsterfest, set for June 1, is already sold out.

• Rock the Barn, a benefit for Meals on Wheels, plans to hold its 2013 edition on July 20 and 21 at 9015 Main St.

• This year’s edition of the Horizons Home Show, at Spaulding Green, will feature nine homes, developer Dominic Piestrak told the Town Board. Spaulding Green also hosted last year’s home show.