Lancaster residents will get a clearer sense Monday of the campaign platforms of three School Board candidates running for two seats, each carrying three-year terms that begin July 1..
A candidates’ forum – held at 6 p.m. in the High School auditorium, 1 Forton Drive – will feature Board President Kenneth E. Graber, an attorney and administrative law judge for the state Board of Parole, who is seeking re-election and first began on the board in 2004. Also featured will be first-time candidate Bill Gallagher, a math teacher in the Frontier School District; and Julie Gies Kaska, a 12-year volunteer in the school district who is active in the John A. Sciole Elementary Parent Teacher Organization.
Incumbent Brenda Christopher is not seeking re-election after serving one term.
The candidates’ forum will be followed at 7 p.m. by the district’s annual budget meeting, including a hearing on the 2013-14 school budget and then a regular board business meeting. The budget hearing and board meeting also will be held in the High School auditorium.
Also this week:
• The Lancaster Farmers Market kicks off this weekend for the 2013 season at 4913 Transit Road, featuring 50 vendors over two days – Saturday and Sunday – with a wide variety of local products to purchase. Organic foods, handmade products and other items are for sale from locally operated businesses. The market is open from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays.
This marks the third season for the market which runs through Oct. 27.
The market received the Ball Discover You Can Grant for this year, one of 30 farmers markets in the country to receive the grant this year. Beginning in June, the market will offer lessons to residents interested in learning how to can jams, fruit and vegetables throughout the growing season.
• The Lancaster Opera House will host Western New York Recovery’s “Rescue and Recover” evening from 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday, dedicated to first responders. The guest speaker will be the international director of Reformers Unanimous, Ben Burks. An ice cream social will follow the event.
• The Hull Family Home & Farmstead’s Spring Garden Extravaganza & Art Show will be held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. May 18 and 19 on the grounds of the historic Farmstead site, 5962 Genesee St. at Pavement Road in Lancaster. Artwork, garden tools, decor items, plants and hanging baskets will be offered for sale. Admission is free. Proceeds benefit the Hull Family Home & Farmstead, a nonprofit historic site under restoration and development into the region’s only Living History experience interpreting settler life here during the 1810-1825 pre-Erie Canal period.
• The Lancaster Village Board meets at 6 p.m. Monday in a work session in council chambers on the second floor of the Municipal Building, 5423 Broadway. The board’s regular session will follow at 7 p.m. On tap is a resolution that would allow the village to apply for $250,000 in state economic development funds to use toward construction, utility and engineering expenses tied to the West Main Street Extension project.
• The Lancaster Industrial Development Agency meets at 8:30 a.m. Tuesday and will address a more than $6 million renovation and redesign project for Avox Systems, the former Scott Aviation. In late April, the project received approval from the Lancaster Village Board. The IDA, which will first hold a public hearing on the project, meets in Lancaster Town Hall, 21 Central Ave.
• The Lancaster Town Planning Board meets at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday in Town Hall, 21 Central Ave.
• The Lancaster Village Planning Commission meets at 7 p.m Thursday in the Municipal Building, 5423 Broadway.