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Literacy Volunteers to offer training

LOCKPORT -- Literacy Volunteers of America will offer an 18-hour training course for literacy tutors beginning with "Teaching Basic Reading," from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday in the community room of Lockport Public Library, 23 East Ave.

Interested volunteers should make a reservation for the course by calling the Literacy Volunteers office at 433-7014 or at 278-8224. Call by Thursday to guarantee a reservation in the spring sessions.

A course fee of $20 includes all class materials; however, arrangements can be made for financial assistance.

To become a tutor, volunteers must attend all six of the basic reading training sessions, which include three Saturday classes -- this week and March 17 and 31 -- and three Wednesday classes, from 6 to 9 p.m., March, 7, 21 and 28.

Prospective tutors must have a high school diploma or equivalency and be able to understand and empathize with students while building self-esteem.

Corrected county W-2 statements sent

LOCKPORT -- Niagara County sent out about 1,500 corrected wage statements to employees last week, but Central Data Processing Director Larry L. Helwig said the blame shouldn't go to the county's new computer software system.

The W-2 forms used in preparing in come tax returns for some 1,500 county employees were erroneous, adding before-tax pension contributions to the taxable wages of the employees.

Helwig blamed this on an operator error.

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