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Where We Live: Lancaster


The Town of Lancaster has announced that ground breaking for the much-awaited $1.53 million Lancaster Depew Baseball League Indoor Baseball Facility at Westwood Park will be held at 1 p.m. Sept. 30.

The groundbreaking will be at the construction site, located near the west entrance of the park, just off Schwartz Road. Construction is expected to be completed by the end of January.

The league is paying back the town for the cost of the facility over a 15-year period.

Also, the downtown village area is preparing for a new special event, dubbed “Zombieville.”

Running from Oct. 12 through Oct. 30, Zombieville will be the new fall event in the village.

Throughout October, light posts will be decorated with “friendly” zombies along the Central Avenue Merchant District, along with creatively decorated windows for pedestrians to see as they walk in the area.

The big event kicks off Oct. 12, with a Zombie Sprint. Zombies and humans will sprint down Central Avenue, grabbling flags en route to win prizes. The sprint is free with a non-perishable food item for the local food pantry, aided by Boy Scout Troop 864.

Registration for the sprint can be done online at All ages are welcome. Anyone under 12 should be accompanied by an adult. Registration check-in starts at 7 p.m., with the sprint beginning at 8 p.m.

Other zombie-related activities will take place on Saturdays, Oct. 12, 19 and 26. There will be a historic ghostly walk beginning at 6 p.m. and at 7 p.m. in front of the Lancaster Opera House, 21 Central Ave. Walk a block around the village while a guide discusses the history of the local buildings, along with some spooky tales. The walk is free with a donated canned good item.

Also, a zombie maze will be held from 7 to 9 p.m., for $5 admission. Tickets can be purchased at Mebb’s Games and Ava’s Fancy Pants. A donated canned good will reduce the admission by $1.

The fall event concludes with the traditional Halloween Parade at 6:30 p.m. Oct. 30, sponsored by the Lancaster Fire Department Ladies’ Auxiliary. Parade lineup is in the Rite Aid parking lot and marchers will walk to the Fire Department for cider and donuts afterward. Costume contest is for infants through 13 years old.

Also this week:

• The Lancaster Village Board meets in a work session at 6 p.m. Monday, followed by a regular business meeting at 7 p.m. in the Municipal Building at 5423 Broadway.