A group of Lancaster parents of school-aged children calling themselves Parents for Quality Education have organized an informational meeting for Nov. 21 about the controversial Common Core curriculum and its related standardized testing.

Presenters include Eric Mihelbergel, founder of, a statewide organization of education advocacy groups.

“Parents need to be aware and educated on the ruinous effects that a nationalized curriculum and excessive testing will have on our children for generations to come,” said Heidi Indelicato, a Lancaster parent and meeting organizer, who is urging parents to attend and become a voice for their children.

The Nov. 21 meeting is from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at the Lancaster Municipal Building, 5423 Broadway. Free babysitting will be available.

On another note, volunteers from Vets HERD and Erie Community College’s Red, White and Blue Team helped Saturday to re-roof the garage of Vietnam veteran Lee Burns on Brandel Street. Home Depot also donated to help the effort.

Burns served in the 123rd Transportation Brigade from 1964 to 1965. He suffers from a heart condition and service-related issues that have left him 50 percent disabled. The volunteer effort is part of community events honoring Veteran’s Day and those who served.

Also this week:

• The Town Board is expected to vote on the proposed 2014 budget when it meets at 7 p.m. Monday in Town Hall, 21 Central Ave. The board first meets at 6:30 in a work session in council chambers.