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CHURCH PROJECT GETS $250,000 IN AID

Rep. John J. LaFalce, D-Town of Tonawanda, today formally presented a federal check for $250,000 for the restoration of the exterior of historic St. Louis Church, 780 Main St. at Edward Street.

Accepting the check from LaFalce were Bishop Henry J. Mansell of the Catholic Diocese of Buffalo and Monsignor Robert Mack, pastor of St. Louis Church.

LaFalce was instrumental in getting the money for the project included in this year's federal Department of Housing and Urban Development budget.

In announcing the appropriation last fall, LaFalce noted that St. Louis Church "is one of the first buildings you see when entering downtown Buffalo off the Kensington Expressway." He said the funding will protect a historically significant structure and "enhance the beauty of Main Street."

St. Louis Church, built of red Medina sandstone between 1886 and 1889, houses the oldest Catholic congregation in the city. With a capacity of 1,650, it also is one of the largest churches in the area. Its main open-work spire, which is 245 feet high, recalls the 14th century Gothic cathedrals of Germany.

Diina promotes two to lieutenant

Buffalo Police Commissioner Rocco J. Diina has promoted two police officers to the rank of lieutenant.

Officers James A. Stabler and Donna M. Berry were elevated to the supervisory rank during a ceremony in Buffalo Police Headquarters. The commissioner also appointed Officer Mary C. Evans to the rank of detective and Officer Richard D. Corsi to police photographer.

Amherst names recreation director

Amherst officials have chosen a new town recreation director: Anne E. Schiferle, acting director for the past four months.

"We felt (Schiferle) was the most knowledgeable and most qualified one for the job," Supervisor Susan J. Grelick said Friday.

Her appointment is expected to be confirmed by the Town Board today, Grelick said.

Schiferle, 42, a 25-year town Recreation Department employee, was named acting director in the $65,000 post last September after the death of Recreation Director Jeffrey M. Bloom.

Illegal tobacco sales to teens targeted

The Town of Tonawanda Police Department will work with the Erie County Health Department to try to reduce illegal sales of tobacco to teenagers under the age of 18.

The town is working with the Health Department's Youth Tobacco Enforcement and Prevention Grant Program for the fourth year.

Underage decoys under the supervision of town police officers will try to buy tobacco at each of the 54 tobacco product dealers in the Town of Tonawanda and the 16 dealers in Kenmore.

When an illegal sale is made, the police officer will inform the vendor and refer the case to the county Health Department for administrative action, police officials said.

Fines for initial violations can be as high as $1,000. Vendors could lose their ability to sell tobacco and lottery tickets for subsequent violations.

Underage decoys will be 16 or younger and will not use false identification or engage in deceit to make a purchase.

Amherst residents urged to be alert

Amherst police are warning residents, especially elderly ones, to be wary of strangers who use false pretenses to try to gain entrance to their homes.

The most recent incident occurred at about 5:30 p.m. Thursday, when a woman got into a home on West Royal Parkway in Williamsville by claiming she wanted to drop off an herbal supplement for the next-door neighbor.

When the woman answering the door went to get her husband, the intruder walked in, confronted the woman resident and then engaged in a brief shoving incident before fleeing.

The intruder was described as a dark-skinned woman, age 45 to 50, approximately 5-foot-3 and 180 pounds, with black hair and wearing a long gray coat with a pink scarf.

Anyone who may have seen the woman or her getaway vehicle is asked to call Amherst police at 689-1311.

YWCA seeks nominations for awards

The YWCA of Western New York is seeking nominations for its 23rd Annual Leader Luncheon Awards to be held June 22 in Adam's Mark Hotel.

Established in 1979, the Leader Luncheon publicly recognizes and honors women who make significant contributions to the Western New York community. Awards will be presented to one woman in each of the following categories: entrepreneur, operations, management, executive, profession, direct services, marketing/sales and volunteer.

The Leader Luncheon Awards promote the YWCA's emphasis on empowerment, personal growth and leadership for all women.

Deadline for nominations is March 9. Forms may be obtained by calling the YWCA at 852-6120, Ext. 234.

Developing business is program topic

"Starting Your Own Business," a program for developing a business plan, will be presented by the Chamber of Commerce of the Tonawandas from 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday in the Deerwood Club and restaurant at 1818 Sweeney Street, North Tonawanda.

The program is co-sponsored by the Niagara County Community College Small Business Development Center. The program covers not only business plan development but also legal requirements, financing sources, record keeping and insurance needs. The workshop fee is $5.

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