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A town-by-town digest of what’s happening in our communities for the week of June 19


The Town Board will vote on a proposal to amend the town’s subdivision regulations when the board meets at 7 p.m. Monday in chambers at Town Hall, 5568 Main St., Williamsville. A work session at 4 p.m. precedes the regular meeting.

Aurora/East Aurora

The Aurora Historical Society will hold its second annual “Treasures Sale” from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at the Elbert Hubbard Roycroft Museum, 363 Oakwood Ave. Proceeds benefit Society museums and programs. Donations of items in good condition gratefully accepted Monday, Tuesday or Wednesday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. For information, please call 652-4735.

This week:

• The Village Board meets at 7 p.m. Monday at Village Hall, 571 Main St.

• The Town Board reviews its code during a work session at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday before a 7 p.m. regular meeting at the Southside Municipal Center, 300 Gleed Ave.


Two public meetings will be held to receive feedback on recommendations from the Buffalo Public Schools Task Force related to the admissions process for City Honors and Olmsted 156 schools.

Among the Task Force’s recommendations is to suspend using New York State assessments in the admissions process for any district school.

Both meetings are Monday, one at 12:30 p.m. in the School Board’s office in Room 801 in City Hall. The other meeting is at 5:30 p.m. at Makowski Early Childhood Center, 1095 Jefferson Ave.


High school students considering a career in law enforcement may apply to the town Police Department’s Youth Citizens Police Academy.

Students will be introduced to the various functions of the Police Department and learn the minimum qualifications, training requirements and daily responsibilities of other county, state and federal law enforcement agencies through guest speakers and tours of their facilities.

Students will view pictures and video of crime and accident scenes; have the opportunity to take the physical fitness test required for police officers; can be exposed to pepper spray; and will take part in the Firearms Training Simulator and shoot the Cheektowaga Police standard issued handgun.

In addition to the regular scheduled sessions, students will ride with an officer for an 8-hour ride-along and participate in a courtroom observation.

Parental consent is required and all applicants must successfully complete a background investigation and interview.

The three-week academy will be held from 9 a.m. until noon July 18 through Aug. 5 at the Police Department, 3223 Union Road. A graduation ceremony is planned for Aug. 8.

Visit or call Officer Paul Nazzarett at 897-7293 for more information.

Also, an auction, 50/50 raffles and more highlight a benefit Friday for former Maryvale School Board member Patty Keller, who was recently diagnosed with breast cancer.

Keller had surgery in April and faces several chemotherapy treatments that will keep her away from her job for a minimum of six months. The mother of two adult children has worked as an emergency room nurse at Buffalo General Hospital for 29 years.

Keller lost her mother, a brother and a sister to cancer.

Friday’s benefit runs from 7 to 11 p.m. and takes place at the Eagles, 4569 Broadway at Borden Road, in Depew. Admission includes beer, wine, pop, food and music.

For additional details or to make a donation, contact Lynda at 220-1432.

This week:

• The Town Board meets at 6:45 p.m. Monday in Town Hall, 3301 Broadway.

• The Cheektowaga Central School Board meets at 7 p.m. Tuesday, 3600 Union Road.

• The Cheektowaga-Sloan School Board meets at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday in the Irma Czubaj board room at Woodrow Wilson Elementary, 166 Halstead Ave., Sloan.

The Cleveland Hill School Board meets at 7 p.m. Wednesday, 105 Mapleview Road.


This summer, the village will sponsor a concert series at the recently renovated gazebo in Veterans Park on Terrace Boulevard. There will be three concerts that are free to public.

The Lancaster Town Band has performed in Veterans Park for many years, featuring local musicians. They will perform twice this summer instead of the usual single concert.

Performing for the first time in Veterans Park will be the Carnival Kids Steel Orchestra. The CKSO is a collection of Lancaster middle school and high school students playing a variety of music on steel drums.

The concerts are: Lancaster Town Band at 7:30 p.m. July 14 and Aug. 4; and the Carnival Kids Steel Orchestra at 7:30 p.m. July 28.

The Village of Depew, the Depew Fire Department and local businesses sponsor the three concerts.

Grand Island

The 10th annual Effective Leadership Award for Women in Business will be presented at 6 p.m. Wednesday at Ellden’s Grill and Banquet, 201 Whitehaven Road.

Sherry Bradford of Grand Island will present the award during the meeting of Grand Island Professional Women’s Chapter, New York State Women.

Bradford is president and founder of AccuTheranostics of Buffalo and the chief scientific officer and inventor of the cancer lab’s trademarks and patents. She started the leadership award because of the challenges she faced in opening the cancer lab.

For more information and dinner reservations, contact chapter president Diane Dinsmore at 308-630 or email her at

This week:

The Town Board meets at 8 p.m. Monday at Town Hall, 2256 Baseline Road.

• The School Board meets at 7:30 p.m. Monday in the high school professional development room, 1100 Ransom Road.


Hamburg’s 89-year-old Chamber of Commerce is sponsoring a contest to come up with a new logo.

The chamber’s website is getting an overhaul, and the organization is opening up the design of a new logo to any Western New York college student, business or individual living in the town, including the villages of Blasdell and Hamburg.

Details can be found on the chamber Facebook page. Entries are due July 7.

Think you know how to drink coffee? Think again.

Coffee is among the topics being presented during this summer’s adult “Ag-ucation” programs presented by the Erie County Agricultural Society.

Registration closes Wednesday for Canning 101, which will be held at 7 p.m. June 29, with lifelong canning instructor Terri Snyder going through the steps and details of canning fresh fruits and vegetables. Students will be able to take home newly canned banana peppers.

Coffee, from crop to cup, will take place at 7 p.m. July 11, and will explore the world of coffee cultivation, roasting – and drinking.

The history and science of chocolate will run at 7 p.m. July 13, and will follow the process from bean to bar, teaching students how to taste chocolate and enjoy its nuances.

Adult Ag-ucation program information and downloadable registration forms are available at

This week:

• The Hamburg Village Board meets in a work session at 5:30 p.m. Monday followed by a regular meeting at 7 p.m. in Village Hall, 100 Main St.

• The Frontier Central School Board meets at 6 p.m. Tuesday in the Frontier Educational Center, 5120 Orchard Ave., when the board plans to enter into executive session. It expects to reopen the meeting about 7 p.m.

• The Hamburg Village Architectural Committee meets at 7 p.m. Tuesday in Village Hall.

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

• The Blasdell concert series continues at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday with Back Beat 64 at JFK Playground at the corner of Avon Street and Grafton Avenue.

• The Buffalo Niagara Concert Band will play at 7 p.m. at Memorial Park as part of the Village of Hamburg summer concerts in the park. Rain site is Union-Pleasant Elementary Auditorium.

• 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.


The Global Concepts Charter School Board meets at 6 p.m. Thursday in its monthly board meeting, followed by its annual meeting at 6:30 p.m. at the Charter High School, 30 Johnson St.


The School District gears up to start and complete $4 million in renovations over the upcoming two summer months.

The high school on Forton Drive will be completely closed while a major electrical overhaul takes place.

Project work also includes various lighting, ceiling and flooring replacements, HVAC improvements, locker replacements, and north and south parking lot reconstruction.

Meanwhile, Hillview Elementary School will see the replacement of some classroom, hallway and cafeteria flooring in preparation for a larger amount of work next summer.

Outdoor events will still be held at both schools.

Elsewhere in the community, a Lancaster fifth-grader is trying to raise money for Alzheimer’s.

In 2014, Jacob Oberg, then 9 years old, lost his grandfather to Alzheimer’s disease.

Jacob came up with the idea to have a lemonade stand to raise money and awareness about the disease among his friends and their families and ADE for Alzheimer’s was born. To date, the event has raised more than $5,000 and Jacob and his friends hope to keep that momentum going this year with help from Lancaster landmark, Frosty’s Ice Cream, 5500 Broadway.

The lemonade stand and bake sale will be from noon to 4 p.m. June 26 at Frosty’s.

The event will feature cold drinks, sweet treats, a basket raffle for family-friendly prizes and gift certificates from many local sponsors. New this year is a grand prize raffle for a 48” Sony LED TV donated by Park Place Installations.

“We created this event as a way to start a conversation about Alzheimer’s within our community,” said Jacob’s mom, Debbie Oberg. “But it has grown into something bigger than we expected. We are so grateful for the love and support we have received and it has been such a great experience for our family.”

Jacob will be raising funds through the event and also through online donations, all of which will benefit the Alzheimer’s Association, WNY Chapter. For more information or to donate to the ADE for Alzheimer’s, please visit

This week:

• The town and planning boards meet at 6 p.m. Monday to review site plans for O’Connell Electric, Lancaster Parkway Industrial/Office warehouse building, 48 Freeman Road hotel development and a rezoning on Broadway by Young Development. The boards meet in Town Hall, 21 Central Ave.

Following the meeting, the Town Board meets in a work session at 6:30 p.m., preceding its regular 7 p.m. meeting.

• The School Board meets at 7 p.m. Monday at Hillsview Elementary School, 11 Pleasantview Drive.

Orchard Park

The Orchard Park Library will host a free chess class for beginners age 10 and up from 3 to 5 p.m. July 7. Register now as space is limited. United States Chess Federation (USCF) Chess Coach Michael McDuffie, of Archangel 8 Chess Academy, will lead the workshop. Chessboards and pieces will be provided. Bring a pad and paper for note taking.

This week:

• The town Public Safety Committee meets at 6 p.m. Tuesday, police department, Municipal Center, 4295 S. Buffalo St.

• The town Economic Development Committee meets at 7 p.m. Tuesday, first-floor conference room, Municipal Center.

• The town Zoning Board of Appeals meets at 7 p.m. Tuesday, basement meeting room, Municipal Center.

• The Town Board meets Wednesday for a 6 p.m. work session at the Supervisor’s office, Municipal Center.

• The Village Zoning Board meets at 7 p.m. Wednesday, first-floor conference room, Municipal Center.

• The town summer camp programs begin Tuesday. For information call 662-6450 or check

Southern Erie County

Students entering sixth through 10th grades may enhance their creative problem solving and critical thinking skills in a free camp during the summer at Springville-Griffith Institute High School.

The STEAM camp immerses students in science, technology, engineering, art and mathematics from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. from July 19 to 21 in the high school’s library at 290 N. Buffalo St.

To register, call the school district’s technology office at 592-3246.

Also, a parade, tractor pull and fireworks show will highlight the Chaffee-Sardinia Volunteer Fire Company’s annual carnival Friday through Sunday.

Visitors will find rides, craft vendors, refreshments, a car show and live music in the Sardinia Veterans Park on Genesee Road near Route 16.

For a schedule and other details, visit or @SardiniaFireNY on Twitter.

This week:

The Holland School Board meets at 7 p.m. Monday in the junior/senior high school auditorium, 103 Canada St.

• The North Collins Village Board meets at 6:30 p.m. Monday in the Village Hall at 10543 Main St.

• A book club meeting is 7 p.m. Monday in the Eden Library at 2901 E. Church St.

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

• A Springville-Griffith Institute School Board meets at 7 p.m. Tuesday in the high school’s library.

• The North Collins School Board meets at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday in the junior/senior high school’s library at 2045 School St.

• The Evans Planning Board meets at 7 p.m. Wednesday in the Town Hall, 8787 Erie Road.

• Buffalo Silver Band will perform jazz and traditional brass band music as the Concerts in the Park series continues from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Thursday in the Fiddlers Green Park at Buffalo and Franklin streets in Springville. If there is rain, the concert will move to the Concord Town Hall at 86 Franklin St.

• An Off-Road Drainage Committee meeting starts at 7:30 p.m. Thursday in the Eden Town Hall. 2795 E. Church St.

• Schoolhouse No. 8 History Center and Museum will host its annual field day from 1 to 3 p.m. Sunday at 2101 School St. in North Collins. The free event offers children’s games, museum tours and free hot dogs. Museum tours are also available from 1 to 4 p.m. every Sunday until Oct. 16.

• The Springville Concord Elder Network has planned spring activities. For details, visit the Town of Concord government’s website at or call the organization at 592-2768.

•The Village of Blasdell’s splash pad is open from 3:30 to 7:30 p.m. Monday through Friday; noon to 6 p.m. Saturday and rental times are available as well. The splash pad is located at the Silver Street playground.

•The Lake Shore School District will celebrate its Class of 2016 with a commencement ceremony at Lake Shore Middle School, 8855 Erie Road, beginning at 1:30 p.m. Saturday. The district will offer an opportunity to watch live streaming of the ceremony for the first time this year for those who are unable to attend.

•The East Aurora High School Class of 2016 will conclude its year with its graduation ceremony, the district’s 130th annual commencement, at 2:30 p.m. next Sunday at the high school, 1003 Center St.

City of Tonawanda

Anglers of all ages and experience levels are welcome to compete for cash prizes of up to $3,000 in the first Hooked on Fishing Tournament, which will be held Saturday and next Sunday at Gateway Harbor, 1 Young St.

The tournament includes a competition for biggest fish and opportunities to learn how to fish and how to catch and release. The state Department of Environmental Conservation will teach anglers about the benefits of fishing as well as fishing etiquette. Anglers will also learn about fish native to the area and how to promote clean waterways.

Kids 15 and under are free while the entry fee for anglers 16 and older is $15. No fishing license is required for this DEC-regulated free-fishing weekend.

The tournament runs from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. and is organized by the Northtowns Boys & Girls Clubs.

This week:

• The Common Council meets at 7 p.m. Tuesday in City Hall, 200 Niagara St. An informal session begins at 6.

Town of Tonawanda

Kenmore Days kicks off at 7 p.m. Wednesday with music from the Boys of Summer on the Village Green in front of the Municipal Building on Delaware Avenue.

The annual four-day festival continues Thursday with a carnival in Mang Park from 5 to 10 p.m.; a free car seat safety inspection from 4 to 8 p.m. in Kenmore Community Center, 135 Wilber Ave.; music from Leon and the Forklifts from 6 to 9 p.m. in Mang Park; a free safety ID program from 6 to 9 p.m. in the Community Center; and a showing of “Minions” at 9:30 p.m. on the lawn in front of the Community Center.

Friday’s schedule of events in Mang Park begins at noon with a carnival until 10 p.m.; a beer tent from 5 to 11 p.m.; an alumni rugby match from 6 to 9 p.m.; and music from Strictly Hip at 7 until 11 p.m. in the showmobile.

Saturday features events at two venues. Around the Municipal Building will be a farmers market from 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.; juggling from Nels Ross of In Jest at 11 a.m.; Nickel City Reptiles and Exotics at noon; a food truck takeover from noon until 3 p.m.; and music from K-Ride from 1 to 3 p.m.

Mang Park will be host Saturday to a carnival from noon to 10 p.m.; a beer tent from 3 to 11 p.m.; music from McCarthyizm from 5 to 7 p.m.; music from Nerds Gone Wild from 7 to 10 p.m.; and a fireworks show at 10 p.m.

This week:

• The Town Board meets at 7:30 p.m. Monday in Council Chambers at the Municipal Building, 2919 Delaware Ave. A work session begins at 4:30 in the second-floor conference room.

• Do you have questions about code standards for Kenmore’s residential and commercial buildings? Michael Berns, the village’s building inspector, will answer questions, take comments and address concerns at 7 p.m. Monday in Kenmore Community Center. The free event is presented by Kenmore Village Improvement Society and will include refreshments and a raffle.

• A work session of the Kenmore Village Board begins at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday in the mayor’s office at the Municipal Building, 2919 Delaware Ave. A regular meeting follows at 8 in Council Chambers when a public presentation on the plan for apartments in the former St. Paul’s School on Victoria Boulevard is expected.

• Actor David Lundy will explain how he researches the role of President Harry Truman for his one-person theatrical presentation “Becoming Harry Truman,” during a free event at 7:15 p.m. Tuesday in the Tonawanda-Kenmore Historical Society, 100 Knoche Road.

• The town Police Department begins a dog census throughout the town and village. All dogs identified during the census will be checked for a valid dog license. A resident found harboring an unlicensed dog will be given 15 days to acquire a license, which is required by local law for dogs 4 months and older. A current rabies certificate is required to obtain a license, which is available at the Town Clerk’s Office, 2919 Delaware Ave. Call 957-1506 for more info.

• Town and village residents who are combat veterans of the Iraq, Afghanistan and Gulf wars will be honored July 3 during a ceremony at Kenney Field. The application for veterans and their family members who wish to be recognized is available at and all town facilities. Applications are due Monday. Call the Youth, Parks and Recreation Department at 831-1001 for more information.

West Seneca

The Town Board meets at 7 p.m. Monday in Town Hall, 1250 Union Road. Public hearings will be held on three proposed local laws: permits, fees and operating hours for vendors, including food trucks; sidewalk maintenance; and limits to increases in net operating expenditures.

This week:

• The Town Zoning Board of Appeals meets at 7 p.m. Wednesday in Town Hall.

• The West Seneca School Board will hold a special meeting at 6 p.m. Thursday in district offices.