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Groups join to present Black History Program

Representatives from the community, city schools and the U.S. Postal Service held the 2006 Black History Program Sunday in St. Philip's Episcopal Church, 15 Fernhill Ave.

The event, held to celebrate Black History Month, offered a program that mixed music, dancing, readings and re-enactments. This year's theme was "Celebrating Community: A Tribute to Black Fraternal, Social and Civic Institutions."

It was presented by St. Philip's and the Postal Service's Buffalo Diversity and Affirmative Action Committee.

Participants in the program included the Rev. Gloria E.E. Payne-Carter of St. Philip's; Barbara A. Seals Nevergold and Peggy Brooks-Bertram, co-chairwomen of the Uncrowned Queens; and Mary Quinn, a Postal Service diversity specialist.

Quinn also presented this year's Black Heritage Commemorative Stamp, dedicated to Hattie McDaniel, the first African-American to win an Academy Award.


Free program offers Pre-Collegiate Studies

Erie Community College is offering a free Pre-Collegiate Studies Program.

The program -- intended for high school graduates, general education diploma qualifiers and adult learners -- is designed to teach reading, applied math and basic computer skills for the college level. Several workshops also will be offered.

Day and evening classes are offered at Ken-Ton Continuing/Community Education, Maryvale Community Education, ECC City Campus and Buffalo Public Schools Adult Education.

For more information, or to register, call the ECC Transitional Programs Office at 851-1230.


Hoyt's town meeting to focus on budget

Assemblyman Sam Hoyt, D-Buffalo, will hold his annual town meeting from 10:30 a.m. to noon Saturday in the Polish Cadets hall, 927 Grant St. at Amherst Street.

The meeting will focus on Gov. George E. Pataki's 2006-07 budget and its effect on community programs and services in Western New York.

"In an already complicated budgetary cycle, as this year's will undoubtedly be, your opinions, feedback and concerns will help me to better understand the specific needs of those within my district," Hoyt said.


Nominees being sought for Outstanding Judge Award

The Judges & Police Conference of Erie County is soliciting nominations for its Outstanding Judge Award, to be presented on April 1 in the Kloc's Grove banquet hall in West Seneca.

Anyone may submit a nomination in the form of a letter describing the nominee's respect in the legal community, number of years served in various courts, any special programs started by the judge as well as his or her community involvement.

Letters must be received by March 11. Send nominations to Tom Dixon, 65 Bellwood Ave., West Seneca, NY 14224. His telephone number is 823-2744.

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