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Lancaster High School work ramping up for summer renovations


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 grandpa 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 Industria/Office warehouse buildng, 48 Freeman Road hotel development and a rezoning on Brodway 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.