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Cheektowaga

The first festival of the season will celebrate Ji-ik-do-wah-gah.

The 6th annual Cheektowaga Crabapple Festival open Friday in Town Park, on Harlem Road, with a Super Cruise scheduled for 5 to 9 p.m. and live music by Crash Cadillac from 7 to 11 p.m.

Ji-ik-do-wah-gah is an Erie-Seneca word that means “place of the crabapple tree,” according to town historians. The earliest Indian dwellers were Neutrals, who lost their lands to the Seneca tribe of the League of the Iroquois. For almost a century, this area remained hunting and fishing grounds of the Six Nations.

The town, as its known today, was formed in March 1829.

Saturday, the festival continues with a Little Miss Crabapple Pageant scheduled for noon, while Taste of Cheektowaga will be held from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. On Sunday, a War of 1812 Ceremony, at the cemetery on Aero Drive, begins at noon; a Flag Day Concert is scheduled for 6:45 p.m. in the Town Park. A fireworks display begins at dusk.

This week:

• The Town Board meets at 6:45 p.m. Monday in Council Chambers at Town Hall, 3301 Broadway. A public hearing will be held on amending the landlord licensing law to include single units housing one, two or three families.

• A work session of the Cheektowaga-Sloan School Board begins at 6:30 p.m. Monday in the Irma Czubaj Board Room at Woodrow Wilson Elementary School, 166 Halstead Ave.

• The Cleveland Hill School Board meets at 7 p.m. Wednesday in the community room at 105 Mapleview Road.

• The town’s Conservation Advisory Council meets at 6 p.m. Thursday in the Common Council Conference Room at Town Hall.