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Town of Tonawanda

Costs will be increasing in 2013 for some programs offered by the Town of Tonawanda’s Department of Youth, Parks and Recreation, under a fee schedule approved last week by the Town Board.

Those increases include $5, to $75, for a single usage of a field or diamond and $100, up to $1,200, for a season’s usage of up to 13 games under the lights. Golf cart rentals are increasing by $2, to $22, for 18 holes and by $1, to $11, for nine holes.

The rental charge for the NOCO Pavilion in Sheridan Park is increasing by $25, to $250, and the shelter at Lincoln Park will be available to rent for $150.

“Probably 90 percent of our programs … there will be no increases,” said Councilman Daniel J. Crangle, chairman of the Town Board’s Youth, Parks and Recreation/Senior Citizens Committee.

A full listing of 2013 fees can be found online at www.tonawanda.ny.us. Click on Agendas and Minutes on the homepage, then the Agenda Packet for the Dec. 3 Town Board meeting.

Also this week:

• The monthly meeting and holiday party of Kenmore Village Improvement Society begins at 7 p.m. Monday in Kenmore Community Center, 135 Wilber Ave.

• A presentation on tax exemptions and who’s eligible for them begins at 10 a.m. Tuesday in the Tonawanda Senior Center, 291 Ensminger Road. Town of Tonawanda Assessor David Marrano is giving the presentation and will be available to answer questions afterward.

• A regular meeting of the Kenmore-Town of Tonawanda School Board begins at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday in the cafeteria at Kenmore Middle School, 155 Delaware Road. Enter through doors 3 and 9.

• A ceremony to celebrate the completion of the steel infrastructure for Kenmore Mercy Hospital’s new emergency department will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday at the outpatient entrance, 2950 Elmwood Ave. Known as “topping off” or “topping out,” the event is a traditional ironworkers’ ceremony that marks the point when a structure’s highest steel beam is hoisted into place .

• The Town of Tonawanda Republican Party is hosting a holiday gathering, and meet and greet, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday at its headquarters on the second floor of 2000 Sheridan Drive. Admission is free, but there’s a suggested donation of $10 or a contribution of canned goods, which will benefit a local men’s shelter and food pantry, respectively. State Senator Mark Grisanti, Erie County Comptroller-elect Stefan Mychajliw and Erie County Legislator Kevin Hardwick are expected to attend.

• The third annual Lunch with Santa at Boys and Girls Club, 54 Riverdale Ave., is scheduled for noon to 4 p.m. Saturday. Admission is free to toddlers under age two; $5 for children 2 to 17 years; and $10 for adults. The event, which will include food and drinks, music, pony rides and raffles, will benefit Make-A-Wish Foundation of Western New York.