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Signs at Lancaster basketball courts to honor teen killed in plane crash

Steve Metz, the father of 14-year-old James Metz who was killed in a plane collision in 2014, thanked the Lancaster Town Board Monday night for allowing the installation of signage at Keysa Park's twin basketball courts.

The James Metz Memorial Basketball Courts were rebuilt in September 2016 to mark the life of James, who was killed along with the pilot when two small planes participating in a Young Eagles rally collided near the Buffalo-Lancaster Regional Airport.

"It was a great example of teamwork," said Councilman Matt Walter, who  sponsored the resolution that will clear the way for nine signs to be installed at the park. "Everyone came together for the good of the town."

The Lancaster Town Recreation Department will install the signs, said Town Supervisor Johanna Coleman, who recused herself from the vote because James was her nephew.

Keysa Park also sports a pool, wading pool, picnic pavilion, two baseball diamonds and skate park.

Pilot, boy die as 2 small planes from Young Eagles rally collide in Lancaster


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