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Where we live: West Seneca

West Seneca

A Republican candidate has emerged for this year’s race for a four-year term on the Town Board.

The town’s Republican Committee has endorsed James Manley, the town’s retired Web master, who is active in veterans affairs. He approached the committee recently, according to Chairwoman Pat DePasquale; there had been no Republican candidates when the committee met in late May.

Manley, who has worked in retirement as a part-time records clerk for the town, joins a list of candidates that includes Democrats John Rusinski, the incumbent, and William Hanley, who was endorsed by the town’s Democratic Party Committee. The two Democrats will face off in a September primary.

Also this week:

• Today is the last day of an exhibit at the Burchfield Nature & Art Center featuring the paintings and sculptures of Dean Vigiyikan. Sunday hours are 1 to 4 p.m. at the center, 2001 Union Road.

• Summer programs offered by West Seneca Community Education begin Monday. For information on courses, schedules and fees, visit

• A retrospective exhibit of the art of the late Thomas Rae Wekenmann – a Buffalo native and Marine Corps veteran of the Vietnam War – opens Wednesday at the Burchfield Nature & Art Center, with a free opening reception scheduled for 7 to 9 p.m. Friday. The exhibit continues through Aug. 4.

• Entry forms are due July 10 for the West Seneca in Bloom garden contest, sponsored by the Burchfield Nature & Art Center. Forms are available at the center, 2001 Union Road, or online at