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Where we live: Clarence


Friends of Helene Lumia have rallied to raise money at a benefit Sunday, April 6, to help with expenses from a spinal cord injury that left her a quadriplegic.

Lumia, who graduated from Alfred State College with an art degree before her injury last summer, is now living at home with her family in Clarence. Proceeds from the benefit at Clarence High School will help cover medical costs and construction at the house to help her live more comfortably.

The benefit and party runs from 1 to 5 p.m. and will include pizza, dessert and a silent auction.

Tickets will be sold at the door for $20. To make a donation or get information, call Floss Insurance at 688-5115.

Also this week:

• The Town Board convenes Wednesday for work sessions at 9 a.m. and 6 p.m., followed by a regular meeting at 7:30 p.m. All meetings will take place in Town Hall, One Town Place.

• Spring brush pickup begins Monday, April 14, with a general pickup for the entire town, Highway Superintendent James Dussing has announced. Zoned pickups, on Thursdays and Fridays, are to begin in May and continue through the summer. No other materials – including dirt, stones or building supplies – will be collected. For more information go to or call 741-3210.

• The Town of Clarence Annual Fishing Derby will be held from 9 a.m. to noon on Saturday, April 12. Registration begins at 8:30 a.m. The event will take place in the Town Park, 10405 Main St., and is open to children 15 and younger. The derby is a catch-and-release event only. Trophies will be awarded for largest, smallest and most fish caught.