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West Seneca

The opening reception for “Traditional Seneca Lifeways,” the new exhibit featuring early Native American life and culture at the Burchfield Nature and Art Center will be held at 2 p.m. today at the 2001 Union Road facility.

Local artist Brendalee Piccione, whose watercolor, acrylic paintings and pencil drawings will be displayed at the exhibit, will be resent at 2:30 today to “share some of her impressions of the historical culture and its social complexities,” according to the Burchfield.

Burchfield officials said that images of the Seneca longhouse, ceremonial implements and spiritual beliefs will be featured in Piccione’s artwork and will be complemented by artifacts from the West Seneca Historical Society.

The Burchfield Nature and Art Center is located on the former site of the Buffalo Creek Reservation, which was once inhabited by the Seneca Nation. The exhibit runs through March 3.

Also this week:

• A controversial plan to close East Elementary School and reconfigure East Middle School to accommodate students in grades five through eight may be among the items considered by the School Board during a 6:30 p.m. Monday meeting in the second-floor board room at West Elementary School, 1397 Orchard Park Road.

• An information night for parents about the National Collegiate Athletic Association’s requirements will be sponsored by the West Seneca Schools athletic department at 6:30 p.m. Monday at West Senior High School, 3330 Seneca St.

• The Erie 1 Board of Cooperative Educational Services will hold a 4 p.m. Wednesday regular meeting at the Erie 1 BOCES education campus, 355 Harlem Road.

• The Planning Board will meet at 7 p.m. Thursday to consider one item: a request from Mark Schiffhauer for approval of a site plan for used car sales at 5190 Seneca St.

• Bids will be received by noon Friday at the Town Clerk’s Office for the town’s request for a concession stand at the West Seneca Soccer Complex, 3747 Seneca St.