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>Caregiver classes offered at several locations

Classes for caregivers sponsored by the Erie County Department of Senior Services will be held at a variety of locations beginning this month.

The six 2 1/2 -hour sessions are designed to help caregivers reduce stress, improve self-confidence, better communicate feelings and locate resources.

Registration is required.

Call 858-2177 or e-mail There is a $25 fee.

The schedule:

* Roswell Park Cancer Institute (for caregivers of Roswell Park patients), Thursdays, 2-4:30 p.m., beginning Jan. 11.

* Western New York Artificial Kidney Center, Town of Tonawanda, Fridays 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m. beginning Jan. 12.

* Millard Fillmore Hospital, Mondays 2-4:30 p.m, beginning Feb. 26.

* ElderWood Village at Rosewood, Hamburg, Tuesdays 6-8:30 p.m. beginning March 6.

* The Greenfields, Lancaster, Tuesdays 6:30-9 p.m. beginning March 13.

* Harris Hill Nursing Facility, Lancaster, Tuesdays 2-4:30 p.m. beginning April 17.

* The Waters of Aurora Park, East Aurora, Fridays 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m. beginning April 13.

* Veterans Affairs Medical Center, Mondays 6-8:30 p.m. beginning July 9.


>Fire protection pact could get extension

Amherst Council Member Shelly Schratz plans to ask the Amherst Town Board today to suspend the rules to extend the town's contract for fire protection through Jan. 16. The current contract expired Sunday, and a new contract has not been approved.

If the board accepts Schratz's resolution, this year's gap would be filled, ensuring that the town would have no lapse in emergency services and that firefighters would be covered for response-related injuries, according to the resolution Schratz has filed.

The board also would ask the town attorney to draw up an amendment to the contract that "favors both parties" if any future contracts are not voted on before the end of a calendar year.

That would help to avoid any future gaps.


>Kranz named principal of St. Mary's High

Rebecca Kranz, assistant principal of St. Mary's High School in Lancaster, has been appointed the school's principal.

Kranz will assume the position Monday, succeeding Joseph Casimino, who recently retired.

Casimino has agreed to stay on through Jan. 31 to help with the transition.

Kranz, a 1992 graduate of the school, will be the first former student to lead St. Mary's in the school's 103-year history.

After she graduated from high school, she got a bachelor's in math education and a master's in administration, both from Canisius College.

She returned to St. Mary's in 1996, first as a math and computer science teacher.

In 2001, she became assistant principal. She recently finished her 13th season as coach of the school's state-championship women's volleyball team.

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