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Lancaster

Lancaster High School biology teacher Amy Balling has been named the 2013 Outstanding Biology Teacher for New York.

The recognition was created by the National Association of Biology Teachers in 1962 and has become one of the association’s most prestigious awards. Each year, the program seeks to identify the best biology and life science teacher in each of the 50 states, Washington, D.C., each Canadian province, Puerto Rico and overseas territories.

Also, Lancaster village officials last week approved a site plan and negative environmental quality review assessment for AVOX Systems for its property located at 25 and 27 Walter Winter Drive for renovations. Mayor Paul Maute abstained, since he works at AVOX.

In addition, the Village Board set a special meeting for 7 p.m. Oct. 21 to hold a public hearing in council chambers to consider possible projects for the 2014-15 community development block grant applications.

The board also accepted Patrick Raderman as a new member of the Rescue, Hook & Ladder Co. and Kevin Marx as a member of the Citizen’s Hose Co.

James B. Allein, president of the Lancaster Rural Cemetery Association, thanked the board for allowing the public works department to provide new section markers for the cemetery.

The village received correspondence from attorney Joseph E. Keefe requesting a waiver of the 30-day notice requirement for a liquor license submitted by the owners of 99 Brick Oven Bar & Grille for their restaurant at 99 Aurora St.

Also this week:

• The Lancaster Town Planning Board meets at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday in Town Hall, 21 Central Ave.