Weekly Feature

2017-07-12 / Editorial

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Ken-Ton Editor

LAVENDER FEST — In Skaneateles, New York, Lockwood Lavender Farm holds a lavender festival where attendees have the chance to stroll through the fragrant fields and pick their own lavender, whether it’s for culinary purposes or making a bouquet.

This past weekend, my fiance and I along with another couple traveled to this picturesque area, which is a little more than two hours away. At the festival, there were food trucks, live music, local artisans and lavender products for sale.

Lavender is one of my favorite scents. It is calming and has many medicinal benefits. While in line, we were taught how to cut the lavender and told about the different kinds. I also remember a little girl chanting “lavender, lavender!” in front of us.

There was a communal feeling in the fields, which brought together people of all ages. The act of gathering a plant rather than buying a product at a store is a raw experience because you are seeing the plant in its natural form surrounded by all types of other life.

Another highlight of our trip was seeing Skaneateles Lake, which is clear and pristine. My fiance and I stood in awe, enjoying the blue-green waters while walking around.

According to the Village of Skaneateles, it’s a source of clean, unfiltered drinking water for more than 250,000 people.

There are so many gems that can be found in New York State, and I think Skaneateles can definitely be called one of them.

PUBLIC MEETING — A public meeting to reveal the results of the Tonawanda Opportunity Area project will be held at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, July 13, in the Philip Sheridan Building Community Room, 3200 Elmwood Ave., Tonawanda.

Those in attendance will be able to review draft concept plans for strategic sites on the River Road Corridor between the City of Tonawanda and the NRG Huntley Generating Plant site.

The town encourages and welcomes participation from residents, business owners, employees or potential investors.

The plan will create opportunities for repurposing and redeveloping underused sites that will also improve the economy and quality of life in Tonawanda while increasing tax revenue.

Results of the project will also be used by the town, investors and other agencies to obtain grant funding for strategic redevelopment projects.

For more information, visit www.tonawandaopportunity.com.

O’HARAFEST — Cardinal O’Hara High School is inviting all alumni, current students and their families, as well as students who will begin at O’Hara in the fall and their families to its annual O’Harafest 2017.

The event will take place at 7 p.m. Friday, July 21, in the school’s “backyard” at the sports complex.

Live music from The Big Sauce Trio will be featured in addition to food and beverages.

According to the school, O’Harafest is an opportunity for current students and their families to meet other families and O’Hara alumni.

Tickets cost $20 presale for adults or $25 at the door. There is no cost for children to attend. For reservations, contact the school at 695-2600, ext. 312 or 311.

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