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Where we live: Southern Erie County 02/1

Southern Erie County

The Eden Town Clerk’s office accepts used wedding dresses for Angel Gowns of WNY, which converts them into gowns for female babies who died.

Residents may drop off dresses at the office in the Town Hall at 2795 E. Church St. from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily except Wednesday, when the hours are from 9 a.m. to noon.

More details can be viewed by clicking a link on the town government’s website at

Erie 2 BOCES and Fredonia State College have launched an initiative designed to provide quality programming and options for autistic and autism spectrum disorder students in Southern Erie and Chautauqua counties.

Elsewhere, six special education teachers from the LoGuidice Educational Center who teach students ranging in age from kindergarten to high school will share their best behavioral and teaching practices with aspiring student teachers.

College students will take a university class at the LoGuidice Center, providing a foundation for understanding and application of knowledge related to autism spectrum disorders. Students will then link theory to practice during their experiences and observations in the special education classrooms. Fredonia will use this as a clinical field placement for teacher candidates.

BOCES teachers will share their knowledge and various methods and strategies that are proven to be successful with students identified with learning and behavioral disabilities.

Previous to the launch of this new program, each class moved forward based on the experience and training of individual teachers. This updated approach combines special education teachers and related service professionals as together they lead the LoGuidice special education program forward, based on research and best practices. The group also includes occupational and physical therapists, speech teachers, behavior consultant and counselors working together.

In addition, the special education staff at the LoGuidice Center is bolstered by student teachers from Fredonia’s College of Education and Department of Psychology, as well as members of the Fredonia School of Music. The program creates “teacher-leaders” that use critical thinking to make classroom decisions based on their professional experiences.

This week:

• A Home Energy Assistance Program (HEAP) Outreach will be conducted from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday at Concord Town Hall, 86 Franklin St., Springville. Doors open at 8:30 a.m., and interviews will begin at 9 a.m. All applicants will be interviewed.

Applicants are requested to bring the following documentation to the outreach: one form of identification for all household members (birth certificates, license, Social Security Card); proof of income received within the last 30 days for all household members (pay stubs, SS or pension award letters, proof of child support, rental income, unemployment benefits, worker’s comp., etc), and current heat and electric bills.

• The Springville Village Board meets at 7 p.m. Monday in the Municipal Building at 65 Franklin St.

• The Lakeshore School Board will hold a regular meeting at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday at Lake Shore Middle School, 8855 Erie Road, Angola.

• The Concord Planning Board meets at 7 p.m. Tuesday in Room 204, Town Hall, 86 Franklin St.

• The Springville-Griffith Institute School Board meets at 7 p.m. Tuesday in the High School library at 290 N. Buffalo St.

• The Blasdell Village Board meets at 7 p.m. Wednesday at Village Hall, 121 Miriam Ave.

• The Boston Town Board meets at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday at Town Hall, 8500 Boston State Road.