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Where we live: Aurora/East Aurora

Aurora/East Aurora

The East Aurora Educational Foundation will present its second annual James Ford Commitment to Education Award on Thursday to Alison Hyde, a founder of Crossroads Springs Institute orphanage and school in Kenya for children whose parents died of AIDS.

Hyde was also a past president of the East Aurora School Board and a past foundation board member. “She has really focused her career on supporting families and education,” said Mary Ellen Bakowski, foundation development director.

A $30 cocktail reception will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday in the mansion at Knox Farm State Park, 437 Buffalo Road. For information, call 687-2394.

This week:

• The Aurora Town Board will present the preliminary budget at 7 p.m. Monday at Southside Municipal Center, 300 Gleed Ave.

• The Aurora chapter of the League of Women Voters of Buffalo Niagara is hosting a candidates’ forum at 7 p.m. Wednesday at the senior center, 101 King St.