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Where we live for the week of May 30


A pancake breakfast will be held from 7:30 a.m. to noon Monday at the Akron Airport, located on John Street. Along with pancakes, eggs, sausage, coffee, juice and milk will also be available. The cost for adults is $8, while breakfast for children ages 6 to 12 is $4. Children 5 and under are free.

Proceeds from the breakfast will go toward the airport’s air search and rescue, aerospace education and cadet programs.


The 18th annual Taste of Alden will run in conjunction with the Alden 5K Race for Scholarships from 5 to 9 p.m. Friday at Alden Town Park. A variety of area eateries will be featured. For more information, call 937-6177.

This week:

• The School Board meets at 7 p.m. Thursday in the high school library, 13190 Park St.


Village of Williamsville residents will gather at 11 a.m. Monday in the Williamsville Cemetery on Main and Reist streets for the 76th annual Memorial Day ceremonies.

The event is intended to recognize and salute U.S. military veterans buried in the 200-year-old old cemetery, with its mature shade trees and gentle rolling hills. The property, in the heart of the village, was first used for burials in 1810 and formalized as a burying ground in 1824.

The Williamsville Cemetery has been part of the Forest Lawn Group since 2001.

Monday’s ceremonies are sponsored by the Williamsville Cemetery, George F. Lamm Post 622, Amherst Township Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 416, the Town of Amherst and the Village of Williamsville.

This week:

Aurora/East Aurora

The fifth- and sixth-graders of Liza Schaffer’s Middle School orchestra won the first place “Grand Champion” trophy May 13 at the Darien Lake Music Festival with a 99 percent score for the piece “Kabuki Dance.”

The winning streak continued May 20 when the East Aurora High School jazz ensemble directed by Paula O’Connor took first place at the Springville Battle of the Bands.


The Maryvale Community Sports Booster Carnival takes place from 3:30 to 8:30 p.m. Friday on the high school’s football field, 1050 Maryvale Drive. Activities include bounce houses, an inflatable obstacle course, carnival games, a giant inflatable slide, coach and faculty dunk tank, climbing wall and more.

Older students can play Kan Jam and Cornhole, participate in bubble soccer and a field goal kicking contest or take their chances on a mechanical bull. Music is provided by DJ Murphy. Food trucks on site will donate 10 percent of their sales to the boosters.

This week:

• The Town Veterans Affairs Committee will hold a Memorial Day service at 1 p.m. Monday in the Town Park.

• The Town Board meets for a work session at 6 p.m. Tuesday in the Council Office conference room of Town Hall, 3301 Broadway.

• The Cleveland Hill School Board meets at 6 p.m. Wednesday, 105 Mapleview Road.


The annual American Legion parade and memorial ceremony, and a chicken barbecue sponsored by the Clarence Hollow Association, will be highlights of the town’s Memorial Day celebration Monday.

The parade begins at 11 a.m. from Clarence High School, 9625 Main St., and proceeds to Town Park, 10405 Main St. Legionnaires will lead a ceremony honoring the nation’s war dead at noon.

A Chiavetta’s chicken barbecue will begin at noon in Town Park. Dinners and a beverage are $10. A hot dog and a beverage will be $5. There also will be children’s activities and a basket raffle.

This week:

• The Clarence Hollow Farmers Market fully opens for the season from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday at 10717 Main St., between Salt and Ransom roads, featuring the Country Store, the Kornerstone Coffee Hut, the Snack Shack, Vivian’s Wine Haus, Lil Sprouts activity tent and live entertainment along with about two dozen vendors.

• The 24th annual Clarence Rotary Club Lobsterfest at 6 p.m. Saturday in Town Park is sold out, but arrangements are being made for more tickets.

To join the waiting list for them, visit Tickets, if available, are $79.


The Depew Joint Veterans Committee will hold a 9:15 a.m. church service Monday at the Vine Wesleyan Church, 425 Penora St. At 10:15 a.m., a parade will begin at Village Hall on Manitou Street, concluding at Veterans Park, where memorial services will be held, and Judge Anthony Cervi will be the guest speaker.

Refreshments will then be served at the Depew Fire Hall on Meridian Street.


Marilla’s 2016 concert series kicks off Wednesday at 5:30 p.m. with a performance by the Iroquois Middle School’s seventh- and eighth-grade chorus, followed by the school’s orchestra. The performance takes place at the town pavilion.

This week:

• The Iroquois High School band’s outdoor pops concert is 7 p.m. Thursday on the side lawn of the school, 2111 Girdle Road, Elma.

Grand Island

Retired Air Force Col. John J. Higgins will be the featured speaker at the town’s annual Memorial Day service at 10 a.m. Monday in Charles N. DeGlopper Memorial Park, Grand Island Boulevard and Baseline Road. It will include a wreath-laying and a rifle salute.

This week:

• The Gus Macker 3-on-3 Basketball Tournament will take place Friday through next Sunday at Town Hall and on Town Commons and Grand Island Boulevard. Hours of competition are 4 to 9 p.m. Friday, 7 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Saturday and 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday.

• The latest trends in drug use and drug paraphernalia will be the focus of a program for parents and other concerned adults at 7 p.m. Thursday in the auditorium of Grand Island High School, 1100 Ransom Road.


The town had some problems with docks at Hamburg Town Beach over the winter.

Highway Superintendent Tom Best Sr. said when crews went to install the docks earlier this month, they discovered one was vandalized and the other was broken from exposure to the elements.

“Three launches are up and running, one was damaged extensively,” he told the Town Board recently. “The fourth one will get running as soon as possible.”

Best also said when the boat launch area was dredged for the season, the contractor caught some rebar in the sand, and six to 10 rods were sticking out of the water. He called in professional divers to cut the rebar. Dredging this year cost about $25,000 and the divers cost an additional $3,500, he reported to the Town Board.

This week:

• The town Planning Board meets in a work session at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday followed by a regular meeting in Room 7B in Town Hall, 6100 South Park Ave. William Barrett is seeking site plan approval of an ice cream business at 4904 Lakeshore Road.

• The Blasdell Farmers Market will be open from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Wednesday at the Shoppes at Lake Avenue (the Save-A-Lot Plaza.)

• The Hamburg Farmers Market runs from 7:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday in the municipal parking lot with entrances on Union and Main streets.


Lake Effect Harmony Chorus and Nickel City Road Show perform at 10 a.m. Sunday in Veterans Stadium on South Park Avenue to mark Memorial Day.

Members of the Matthew Glab Post 1477 will lead the ceremony with Bett-Toomey Marine Corps Detachment 217, Colonel John B.Weber Post 898 and Lackawanna Post 63.


Lancaster’s village streets could get brighter, courtesy of LED lights.

Village leaders are studying an initiative pushed by New York’s Conference of Mayors that could lead to what some say could be more efficient and brighter lighting on village streets.

The idea was discussed informally Monday by the Village Board, which will study whether to buy the light standards from New York State Electric & Gas.

The utility owns the majority of the lights throughout the village – and transform them into LED lighting and outright own the street lights.

Two firms have recently approached the village, saying they can facilitate the process, village officials said.

A village committee will look at projected energy efficiency, whether some streets are overlit or underlit, whether maintenance can be reduced and potential cost savings if the village owned the lights and light poles.

The utility owns the village street lights except for ones on West Main and the historic section of Central Avenue, said Deputy Mayor Kenneth O’Brien III.

This week:

The Lancaster Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 7275 will hold a memorial service at 9 a.m. at the Lake Avenue Veterans Park.

Following the services, a parade will assemble and proceed down Lake Avenue and onto School Street, then down Pleasant Avenue to Central Avenue and end on Clark Street at the Lancaster Town Hall.

Refreshments will be served following the parade at the VFW Post, 3741 Walden Ave., courtesy of the post.

• The town Planning Board meets at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday in Town Hall, 21 Central Ave.

Orchard Park

The Orchard Park Rotary Club gave out two vocational scholarships worth $5,000 each this month to high school seniors active in extracurricular activities, service projects and with good academic records. Michael Gossel and Marissa Todaro will pursue technical or vocational degrees after high school.

This week:

• The Town Board meets Wednesday for a 6 p.m. work session at the Supervisor’s office before the 7 p.m. meeting in the court/board room, Municipal Center, 4295 S. Buffalo St.

Southern Erie County

A puppet show, classic car show, Civil War encampment and petting zoo highlight the attractions at the 28th annual Western New York Dairy/Ag Festival in the Village of Springville.

Carrying the theme “Old Farm Path,” the alcohol-free festival will run Friday through Sunday outside Springville-Griffith Institute High School at 290 N. Buffalo St.

This week:

• The Evans Memorial Day ceremony will showcase keynote speaker Donna Mallia, U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs regional office director, at 2 p.m. Sunday in the Town Hall at 8787 Erie Road.

• The annual Holland Methodist Church Wendel’s chicken barbecue will be held at 3 p.m. Saturday at the church, 11699 Partridge Road. The dinner includes potato salad, coleslaw, rolls and butter and home-baked deserts. Seniors will receive a $2 discount on dinners.

• Memorial Day services in the Town of Eden are set for 10 a.m. Monday in St. Mary’s Church at 8175 E. Eden Road and 11 a.m. Monday in Eden Evergreen Cemetery at 2862 E. Church St.

• The Evans Town Board meets at 7 p.m. Wednesday in the Town Hall.

• St. Paul’s Episcopal Church at 591 E. Main St. in Springville will host “Trash and Treasures,” a rummage and bake sale, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday and 1 to 5 p.m. Friday. A bag sale will begin at 4 p.m. Friday.

• Rock the Bay, an outdoor event to launch the summer, will feature music by Freightrain from 6 to 9 p.m. Thursday at Mickey Rats Beach Club at 8934 Lake Shore Road in Angola. Tickets may be purchased for $15 in the Building Department at the Evans Town Hall or $20 at the door. The event will also include Chinese and silent auctions. For more details, visit

• The Colden Community Farmers Market has planned an open market with guest crafters and new vendors from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday outside the Bread of Life Outreach Center.

Visitors will also find live music and a chicken barbecue. The market is available every Saturday until Oct. 8.

City of Tonawanda

The 19th annual Weekend on the Niagara arts and crafts show will be held from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. Saturday and June 5 along the Niagara River.

The exhibition will feature artists, craftspeople and photographers.

The event is sponsored by the city’s Parks and Recreation Department.

This week:

• The city’s summer guidebook is now available online at

Town of Tonawanda

Ken-Ton’s annual Memorial Day Parade, one of the largest in the area, kicks off at 11 a.m. Monday and proceeds down Delaware Avenue from south of Sheridan Drive to Lincoln Blvd. ending at Mang Park.

Preceding the parade will be remembrance ceremonies, wreath layings and 21-gun salutes beginning at 8 a.m. in Falling Cemetery, Delaware and Willow Breeze roads.

Ceremonies will also be at held at the Veterans Monument at Colvin and Brighton at 8:15 a.m.; the Vietnam Memorial on Brighton Road at 8:30 a.m.; the VFW Monument in Elmlawn Cemetery at 8:45 a.m.; the Field of Honor in Elmlawn at 9 a.m.; the World War II Monument in Mount Olivet Cemetery at 9:15 a.m.; the Municipal Building at 9:20 a.m.; and the monument in front of the Brounshidle Post at 9:30 a.m.

The parade will feature at least 55 marching units, including high school bands, fire departments and community groups.

This year’s grand marshal will be Charles T. Catalina, who joined the U.S. Navy in 1948. He was assigned to an air crew that flew on a Consolidated PBY Catalina “flying boat” during the Korean War.

He has served as a volunteer at Buffalo’s Veterans Affairs hospital and with Disabled American Veterans. He is a life member and past commander of the Harry E. Crosby VFW Post and current commander of Roll of Honor Post 120, Disabled American Veterans.

This week:

• Applications are due Friday for the 14th annual Ken-Ton Garden Tour, which will be held July 22-24 throughout the town and Village of Kenmore. Visit to register.

West Seneca

You’d better buckle up.

The West Seneca Police announced that the department is taking part in the ongoing statewide 2016 “Click It or Ticket” enforcement/education campaign.

They shared some sobering statistics on fatalities of unrestrained front seat occupants who were in crashes in New York in recent years:

• 2012 – 165 killed

• 2013 – 198 killed

• 2014 – 161 killed

“Click It or Ticket” will be taking place through June 5.