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2017-11-09 / Editorial

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Lancaster/ Depew Editor

WATCH WHERE YOU PARK — The Town of Lancaster will institute a winter parking ban from 1 to 7 a.m. starting on Wednesday, Nov. 15, and ending Thursday, March 15.

The Village of Depew and Village of Lancaster will also begin a winter parking ban from 2 to 7 a.m. on Nov. 15 through March 15.

Parking bans will facilitate the snowplowing efforts of the Lancaster Town Highway Departments and Department of Public Works for the villages of Lancaster and Depew.

NATURE’S GATHERING — Need an excuse to try some wine, craft beer and artisan cheese? The Friends of Reinstein Woods are on the job.

The organization will host Nature’s Gathering 2017 from 5 to 8 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 11, at the Knights of Columbus Father Justin Council No. 5670, 2735 Union Road.

At the nature-themed art sale, attendees can enjoy a sampling of regional wines, craft beer, artisan cheese and hors d’oeuvres while perusing the works of Western New York artisans. Past events have included painters, photographers, woodcarvers, nature-themed jewelry, stationery and specialty items such as natural soap and candles. Wine, art and specialty items will be available for purchase during the event.

Tickets are $15 presale or $20 at the door. Tickets can be ordered online at www.reinsteinwoods.org/events or purchased at the Reinstein Woods Environmental Education Center, 93 Honorine Drive, Depew.

For more information about this year’s Nature’s Gathering, call 683-5959.

LOOK TO THE SKIES — The Town of Lancaster Office of Emergency Management, in conjunction with the Buffalo Office of the National Weather Service, will host a Winter SkyWarn Training opportunity for members of the community at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 14, at 525 Pavement Road in Lancaster.

Training sessions last about two hours and are open to the public. There is no charge for the training.

SkyWarn is a nationwide program of spotters who report severe weather to the National Weather Service.

Anyone can become a SkyWarn spotter for the National Weather Service. All you need to do is attend one of the Spotter Training sessions.

Basic training sessions provide a brief overview to the National Weather Service, the equipment it uses, including capabilities and limitations, and basic severe weather meteorology.

Attendees are instructed in what types of severe weather the National Weather Service is interested in hearing about and are given an 800 telephone number for 24-hour access to make reports directly to forecasters.

Storm spotters are an indispensable part of the severe local warning program. One of the most important tools for observing storms is the trained eye of the storm spotter.

FOOD DRIVE — A food drive to benefit Trinity Pantry will be held from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 18. Donations can be made at Tops Markets, 5175 Broadway, or Walmart, 4975 Transit Road in Depew. The Town of Lancaster Office of Emergency Management and Lancaster Volunteer Ambulance Corps will host the event.

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