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Lancaster

The Lancaster Town Library is inching closer to an enlarged parking area for its patrons.

Contractors worked last week at razing the home at 16 School St., adjacent to the library, so that the site can be turned into additional parking for the library. The home was vacant and purchased by the town two years ago.

The library, located on Broadway, has had a parking space crunch for years. It’s still uncertain how many new parking spots will be gained, but officials are working to determine that.

It’s hoped that the new parking area will be ready in the spring or summer, said Jim Stelzle, Lancaster library director.

Funding for the purchase of the property and tearing down the house partly came from state grants.

The “elves” at Lancaster schools were busy all week preparing for the community’s annual holiday gift distribution on Friday morning for needy families.  

Students and their advisors from William Street School, the middle and high schools gathered at the Lancaster Youth Bureau to wrap, sort and distribute holiday cheer that will benefit families throughout the community.

For many clubs and extracurricular activities, the effort is a months-long project that involves drives to collect food, hats, mittens, gloves, gifts that are purchased and donated; and execute a ‘cookie marathon’ that yields 6,000 homemade goodies, prepared in the High School cafeteria, under the direction of food service volunteers. Sixty-five live Christmas trees, along with all the trimmings, also were distributed.

Earlier this month, William Street students held a coin drive that in three days netted enough change to purchase 1,000 books to be donated among the other gifts. At the Middle School, a drive was held for donated gift cards to be given to ‘tweens and teens.’

This week:

• The Town Board meets at 6:30 p.m. Monday in a work session, followed by a 7 p.m. business meeting in Town Hall, 21 Central Ave. It will be the town’s last meeting of 2015 and last board meeting for outgoing Supervisor Dino J. Fudoli.