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A used book sale, sponsored by the Friends of the Orchard Park Library, will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. March 10 in the library, 4570 S. Buffalo St.

Many books that have not been seen in the Friends' Book Nook ongoing sale will be featured. Most items will be priced less than $1 from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. After 1 p.m., everything left will be sold for $1 a bag.

Donations for the sale may be left at the library. Proceeds will benefit the library.

Chamber takes nominations for awards

The Orchard Park Chamber of Commerce is accepting nominations for this year's citizen and business of the year.

The Citizen of the Year award has been presented annually since 1966. To be eligible, the individual must live or work in Orchard Park, have contributed time and effort to the general benefit of the community and have demonstrated unselfish service and excellence in community involvement above and beyond the normal duties of one's paid position. Service is viewed in the scope of lifetime achievement.

The Business of the Year award recognizes an Orchard Park business that has made extraordinary contributions to the quality of life in Orchard Park.

To qualify, the business must be located in Orchard Park and must be a member of the Orchard Park Chamber of Commerce. The business must be involved, or encourage its staff and employees to be involved, in community-oriented projects. The business of the year should be creating jobs or job potential for Orchard Park residents, though it is understood that small businesses have less ability to meet this criterion.

Nominations must be received by the chamber by 4 p.m. March 13. The awards will be presented at the chamber's annual spring dinner May 11 in the Quaker Room.

Parenting group unveils March slate

The Parent-Child Connection is presenting several programs in March.

Every Person Influences Children (EPIC) workshops for parents of young children will be conducted from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. Fridays starting Friday in Suite 4 of Orion Village Center on Camp Road, Hamburg. Family nurse practitioner Laura Schinzel will head the workshops, which will include topics such as single parenting, communicating with teachers, coping with daily conflicts, helping your child succeed in school and other topics at the discretion of the group.

The connection's Friday book club will present "What a Difference a Daddy Makes: The Indelible Imprint a Dad Leaves on His Daughter's Life," by Dr. Kevin Leman, at a session from 7 to 8:30 p.m. March 16 at 6308 Boston State Road, Hamburg.

To register for either program, call Schinzel at 822-2982.

The connection is also launching another program.

The first of a video discussion series will be from 7 to 9 p.m. March 29 in Frontier Middle School, 2751 Amsdell Road, Hamburg. "The Lost Children of Rockdale County" depicts the story of a sexually transmitted disease epidemic among teenagers in an affluent suburb of Atlanta that parents never knew was happening. The discussion will be moderated by Hamburg High School guidance counselor Kathy Battin. The program is open to the public.

Parish presents 'The Way of the Cross'

St. Mary of the Lake Parish will sponsor the Franciscan Mystery Players' multimedia presentation of the passion and death of Jesus, "The Way of the Cross," March 11.

Adults and teens are welcome at the performance at 7 p.m. in the church, 4737 Lakeshore Road, Hamburg. A free-will offering will be taken after the performance.

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