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Where we live: Clarence


The Town Board will hold a pair of public hearings at its meeting at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday in Town Hall, One Town Place off Goodrich Road. A hearing on Community Block Grant Development funding is scheduled for 7:45, while a hearing on five fire protection contracts for 2016 is set to begin at 7:50.

This week:

• Property taxes would go down for the fourth year in a row – from $1.03 per $1,000 assessed value to 94.5 cents per $1,000 – under a tentative 2016 budget introduced last week by Supervisor David C. Hartzell Jr. Total amount to be raised by taxes would increase from $10,981,237 this year to $11,219,870.

In releasing his proposal, Hartzell also asked the Town Board to consider “a total reevaluation of the payroll system in the town,” noting that “some secretaries make more than department heads,” and requested funds to hire an efficiency expert to find ways to cut costs in the town’s largest departments. “We need to work every day to be as efficient as a corporation of our size in the private sector,” he said.

• Saturday will be the last day of the season for the Clarence Hollow Farmers Market, 10717 Main St. The Country Store will offer $1 off on most of its items. Hours are 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.

• Bruce Fowler of the Family Chocolate Shoppe will talk about how chocolate can boost business at the next Clarence Chamber of Commerce A.M. Networking session from 8 to 9 a.m. Wednesday in the Clarence Pizza Company, 6235 Goodrich Road. All are welcome.

• The final weekend of the Fall Festival at The Great Pumpkin Farm, 11199 Main St., features Halloween costume contests with cash prizes. At 2 p.m. this Sunday, prizes will be awarded in the infant to 6-year-old and 7- to 16-year-old categories for Cutest Costume, Scariest Costume and Most Creative Costume. Prize-winners in the 17 and older category will be announced at 3 p.m.

Other Fall Festival activities this Sunday include pie eating, scarecrow making, pumpkin decorating and mummy wrapping, along with a crafts area for kids. Hours at 10 a.m. to dusk through Halloween. Admission on weekends is $7. Discount tickets are available at Wegmans supermarkets. Weekday admission is free.