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YWCA OF NIAGARA TO PRESENT WEEK WITHOUT VIOLENCE

Daily events are scheduled Oct. 19-25 to mark the YWCA of Niagara's third annual Week Without Violence.

It's part of an international observance to focus attention on the effort to reduce violence. Niagara County Sheriff Thomas A. Beilein is honorary chairman of local events.

Jennifer Stoll, the YWCA's assistant executive director for programs, said the week begins Sunday, with many area clergy preaching anti-violence sermons.

Next Monday, Lockport Savings Bank employees will man a child identification booth in the Lockport Mall from 3 to 7 p.m., with free identification cards sponsored by the Sheriff's Department.

On Oct. 21, sheriff's deputies will be at George Southard Elementary School to speak on "Stranger Danger." Literature on the topic of teaching children to stay away from strangers will be sent with children.

Oct. 22 will find 15 YWCA volunteers taking brochures for victims of domestic violence to local bars, post offices, beauty parlors, and women's rest rooms, Ms. Stoll said.

On Oct. 23, an inmate from the Niagara County Jail will address students at Lockport High School about the importance of avoiding violent means of resolving conflicts.

A Family Fun Night will be held Oct. 24 at the YMCA, 21 East Ave. On Oct. 25, the YWCA, 32 Cottage St., will host a volleyball tournament for fourth and fifth graders from 12:30 to 2 p.m.

Throughout the week, all Lockport elementary school classes will be offered a chance to participate in the Howard Lehman Memorial Walk. Lehman was a Lockport teacher who died in 1995, Ms. Stoll said. The classes will be vying for the honor of putting in the most time walking.

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