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TONAWANDA TO NAME NEW SCHOOL CHIEF

The Tonawanda City School Board is expected to announce the hiring of a new superintendent during its regular meeting Tuesday.

The announcement will cap a nearly eight-month search conducted by the district. The board decided against renewing the contract of the current superintendent, Diana Greene, in late June.

The board will also hear a progress report on its $26 million capital project.

The regular meeting begins at 7 p.m. in the administration building at 202 Broad St. A budget advisory meeting precedes the regular session at 6 p.m.

Funeral of slain soldier delayed

The funeral of Army Staff Sgt. Richard M. Robak Jr. has been delayed pending the arrival of his body from Fort Benning, Ga., where he died Friday.

Robak was killed when he was fired on by a soldier who mistakenly was given live ammunition during a training exercise, according to military officials. They said another soldier fired two rounds at close range during routine "blank fire" night training. Military police have ruled out criminal intent.

Robak, 25, a native of Olean, lived in Perry before entering the Army seven years ago, according to his father, Richard M. Robak Sr. of Grand Island.

Eaton-Watson Funeral Home 98 N. Main St., Perry, said it expected to know today when the funeral, with full military honors, will be held this week.

The career soldier was part of the 3rd Brigade, 3rd Infantry Division (Mechanized).

Weather outlook pleasantly placid

Uneventful.

That's the word from the National Weather Service for the upcoming week as more seasonable conditions settle over the area.

The highs for most of the week will hold steady in the 30s, except for an expected dip in temperature Wednesday night as a "pretty good" cold front moves through the area, meteorologist Joseph Pace said Sunday, bringing with it sharply colder temperatures and overnight lows in the teens.

Precipitation should be light, with snow and clouds expected in the late afternoon today and a chance of light snow overnight, with the temperatures remaining near 30.

Showers are likely early Wednesday, with the temperature reaching about 40 before the cold front moves in later in the day.

The sun is expected to make an appearance Tuesday, along with milder temperatures and a high near 40. It will be mostly sunny on Thursday as well, with highs in the 30 to 35 degree range.

Temperatures should moderate again by the end of the week, with highs in the 40s by Friday.

Canal Fest to elect four directors

The Canal Fest of the Tonawandas, operators of the summer Canal Fest held in North Tonawanda and the City of Tonawanda, will elect four members to its board of directors for two-year terms at Wednesday's annual meeting, at 7:30 p.m. in the Sweeney Hose Fire Hall.

Members of the corporation will elect four directors from a field of six candidates. They are Debbie Darling, Mike Piwtorak, Bill Poole, Zeke Zeisz, Art Vater and Clem Froelich.

Nardin elementary to have open house

An open house for parents will be held from 9 a.m. to noon Wednesday at Nardin Academy's Elementary Division, 135 Cleveland Ave.

Tours will be given of classes in session. Parents of current and prospective elementary pupils may attend. No reservations are needed. Parents will be greeted and directed as they arrive at the Cleveland Avenue entrance.

Death of 200 ducks tied to moldy food

ELBA -- At least 200 ducks have been found dead on a Genesee County pond since January, apparently because they ate moldy food.

The owner of the land, Ron Grazioplene, said the ducks had eaten moldy silage because heavy snow prevented them from feeding in nearby fields.

Friday, 16 ducks were sent to the state Department of Environmental Conservation lab in Delmar, where tests confirmed Grazioplene's suspicions, said senior biologist Dan Carroll.

The ducks' deaths were caused by aspergillus, Carroll said. Once the ducks ingest the fungus, it gets into their lungs and suffocates them, he said.

College scholarship deadline nears

The deadline is approaching for sons and daughters of police, fire or EMS personnel to apply for college scholarships.

Applications for the Scholarship of Excellence award from the 100 Club of Buffalo for students seeking to pursue a two- or four-year college education are due Thursday, officials said.

Each year, the 100 Club of Buffalo and Western New York awards Scholarships of Excellence to deserving students from Western New York. The total number and amount are determined by the scholarship committee, with approval from the board of directors. For more information on obtaining an application, contact the Erie County Sheriff's Department at 858-6962 or Arthur Musarra Jr. at 856-7330.

Parish Players to stage musical 'Alice'

The Parish Players of St. Stephen's Parish will present "Alice in Wonderland," a musical by Charles Turner, Feb. 24 and 25 in the church, 2080 Baseline Road, Grand Island.

Performances are scheduled at 7 p.m. Feb. 24 and 1 p.m. Feb. 25. Tickets are $5 for adults, $4 for seniors and $3 for children, with a maximum family charge of $20. For reservations, call 774-0447.

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