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Cheektowaga

The principal of a local Christian school has been awarded a $2,000 grant to help fund a middle school campus radio station.

Mike Ward, of New Creation Fellowship Academy on Genesee Street, was announced last week as one of 100 recipients nationwide of an ING Unsung Heroes grant; almost 1,300 applications were submitted. Ward now will compete with other winners for prizes of an additional $5,000, $10,000 or $25,000.

Ward’s idea, “Countdown,” is an AM radio station that will broadcast periodically during the day, within a two- to three-mile radius of the school. Students will be responsible for the broadcast, with help from a local commercial radio station.

Grant money will be used to buy the necessary equipment, Ward said. The plan is to have the station up and running by October or November.

For the past 17 years, the ING Unsung Heroes program honors educators who work to make a lifelong impact in the classroom for their students. The program is funded by a financial services company.

Also this week:

• The Town Board will hold a work session at 6 p.m. Tuesday in the conference room of the Council Office at Town Hall, 3301 Broadway.

• City Side will perform from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday in the final installment of this year’s Senior Concert Series, at 3349 Broadway. Bring a lawn chair or blanket to sit on.

• “Fitness in the Park” wraps up this week, with free Zumba classes offered at 10 a.m. Tuesday and Thursday in Cheektowaga Town Park off Harlem Road.

• Gates open at noon Saturday for the Western New York German-American Heritage Festival in Cheektowaga Town Park.

On Saturday and Sunday, the Martkplatz vendor and heritage midway will be open from noon to 9 p.m., and the Weinstube (wine garden) from 1 to 8 p.m. The Brothers Grimm Fairytale Kinder Park will be open from 1 to 7 p.m. Live music and other events also will be featured.

Admission is $6 per person, per day. There’s no charge for children 12 and younger.

Visit www.BuffaloGerman.com, then click on WNY German American Heritage Festival to download a voucher for $4 admission, or buy presale tickets at one of the five businesses listed under Festival Flyer.