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Erie County's interest earnings in 2000 totaled $18.3 million, a number slightly higher than anticipated, according to county Comptroller Nancy A. Naples.

Naples said the amount earned came in about $177,846 higher than expected. A total of 1,859 investments were made during the year at a weighted average yield of 6.19 percent, she said.

"We are very pleased with the results of our 2000 investment program," Naples said. "The ability of the investment program of this office to meet or exceed related budgeted projections is the result of an aggressive approach to obtaining the most competitive rates consistent with established investment guidelines."

Naples cautioned that interest earnings in 2001 might be lower, because of lower interest rates and less cash being available for investment because of continuing county property tax cuts.

Sheriff's warning: stay off the ice

A change in the weather has prompted the Erie County Sheriff's Department to issue a warning to stay off the ice of Lake Erie and inland bodies of water.

The warning applies to winter sports enthusiasts, particularly ice fishermen and snowmobilers. The milder weather, combined with shifting ice patterns, can create dangerous, unsafe conditions with little or no warning, Sheriff Patrick Gallivan said Wednesday.

Temperatures today are expected to rise into the low 40s, with scattered showers. Friday's weather will be even milder, according to the National Weather Service in Buffalo, with high temperatures in the mid-50s, accompanied by rain.

Student newspapers get helping hand

Two hundred high school teachers will be selected to take part this summer in the two-week American Society of Newspaper Editors High School Journalism Institute.

The program is geared toward schools that plan to establish a student newspaper or to improve an existing paper.

Courses are held at Ball State University, Hampton University, Kent State University, the University of Maryland, the University of South Florida and the University of Texas. All costs are covered by the Society of Newspaper Editors, with financial support from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation.

The application deadline is March 1. Application forms and information are available at

Journal editor to speak at Canisius

The Rev. John M. Staudenmaier, editor of the international journal Technology and Culture, will speak next Thursday at Canisius College.

His talk, at 2:30 p.m. in Grupp Fireside Lounge of the Richard E. Winter Student Center on campus, is titled "In the Wake of World War II: The Crisis of Symbolic Meaning in Late 20th-Century America." It will be free to the public.

Staudenmaier, a Jesuit priest and professor of history at the University of Detroit Mercy, is well known as a scholar of technology and its impact on society and culture.

Fatta named entrepreneur-in-residence

Angelo M. Fatta, founder and former chief executive officer of ACTS Testing Labs, has been named to the newly created position of entrepreneur-in-residence at Canisius College's Paul J. and Rita Strassberger Center for Entrepreneurship.

He will be involved in strategic planning and program development for the center, created in 1991 by the Richard J. Wehle School of Business to assist owners and managers of emerging and small businesses in Western New York.

Fatta, a 1966 graduate of Canisius, where he majored in chemistry, will also serve as chairman of the center's board of directors.

He holds a doctorate from Wayne State University in Detroit and has been a postdoctoral fellow at Pennsylvania State University.

He founded ACTS Testing Labs, a company to test consumer products for compliance with federal regulations and industry standards, in 1973. It had more than 600 employees worldwide when it was sold to Bureau Veritas, a French quality assurance company, in 1998.

Three chances to meet with LaFalce

Rep. John J. LaFalce, D-Town of Tonawanda, has scheduled three town meetings Saturday.

The schedule: 9 a.m., Knights of Columbus, 1841 Whitehaven Road, Grand Island; 11 a.m., North Buffalo Community Center, 203 Sanders Road, Buffalo; and 1 p.m., North Tonawanda Public Library, 505 Meadow Drive, North Tonawanda.

Talk scheduled on reapportionment

Charles Carr, a professor at the University at Buffalo Law School, will discuss "What Is Reapportionment?" at 10 a.m. Saturday in Gethsemane Missionary Baptist Church, 55 Grape St.

The discussion is the first in a series on the topic of reapportionment. The series is being sponsored by the President's Club, a community-based organization.

'Community Power Summit' to be held

The Metropolitan Buffalo Alliance of Black School Educators will hold a two-part community discussion Saturday to advocate safe schools and communities and to encourage involvement in the construction and renovation of city schools.

The "Community Power Summit" will be held from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the King Urban Life Center, 938 Genesee St. It will focus on "A Healing in Our Schools and Community: Stopping the Violence" and "Participating in Building and the Renovation of Our Schools."

Elected officials, education professionals, students, community organizations, parents, religious leaders and community members are encouraged to attend. For more information, call 891-7912.

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