West Seneca

A local church is leading a volunteer reconstruction effort in the Lexington Green neighborhood damaged by last month’s flooding.

The Rev. John Klatt, pastor of St. John’s Lutheran Church, and Jan Tyson, office administrator of the Presbytery of Western New York, will head the “West Seneca Responds Team,” which will include representatives of the town, the West Seneca Teachers Association and the West Seneca Community of Churches.

Seventy homes were damaged, to varying degrees, on Jan. 11 when an ice jam on Buffalo Creek sent ice and water rushing through the neighborhood off Mineral Springs Road.

The team will organize trained and supervised groups of volunteers to help rebuild and fix property damage at no cost to homeowners.

Meanwhile, the WSTA Neighborhood Relief Fund is growing; at last week’s Town Board meeting, members of West Seneca Youth Theater presented a check for $8,465 that they raised during a recent benefit production. Much of those funds will be used to buy materials for rebuilding, while other amounts will be disbursed to victims on a needs basis.

Also this week:

• An exhibit by Burchfield Woodcarvers continues through March 5 at the Burchfield Nature & Art Center, 1250 Union Road. Decoys, replicas of carousel figures and whimsical gnome homes are among the pieces on display, some of which are for sale. The center is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Friday and from 1 to 4 p.m. Sundays.