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>State Bar Association to honor Frank J. Clark

Erie County District Attorney Frank J. Clark will receive the New York State Bar Association's "Outstanding Prosecutor" award.

Clark, now in his third term as Erie County's chief law enforcement official, will be presented the award at the Bar Association's annual awards luncheon at the Marriott Marquis in New York City on Friday, officials said.

He was chosen for his lead role in arresting a suspect in the Bike Path Killer case, convicting the killer of Buffalo nun Karen Klimczak and prosecuting dozens of other crimes.

"It is a great and distinct honor to be recognized by my colleagues," Clark said of the award.

Elected district attorney in 1997, Clark served for nine years as first deputy district attorney under then-District Attorney Kevin M. Dillon, now a State Supreme Court justice.

From 1983 to 1988, Clark was an assistant U.S. attorney for Western New York, serving as chief of the federal Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force.

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>Host families sought for visiting students

A foreign-student exchange program is seeking local families willing to house students from a variety of countries.

American Scandinavian Student Exchange was founded by the Swedish government to organize student exchange programs and to promote education and fellowship through participation in international programs. The group's programs allow students to travel, study or volunteer anywhere in the world, experience a foreign country and learn another language.

The students are 15- to 18-years-old and will arrive from their home countries shortly before school begins and return at the end of the school year or semester.

Each exchange student is fully insured, brings his or her own personal spending money and is expected to bear his or her share of household responsibilities.

The students are screened and qualified by the program.

Families may select the youngster of their choice from extensive student applications, family photographs and biographical essays.

To become a host a family, call Chuck Donelson at 731-1442.

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>School's events Saturday to mark 75th anniversary

St. John the Baptist Catholic School in the Town of Tonawanda has rescheduled its postponed 75th anniversary celebration.

A tour of the school, originally set for the weekend of the surprise October storm, will be held at 5:30 p.m. Saturday.

A celebration that will feature food and dancing, as well as a silent auction, is scheduled to start at 7 p.m. and continue until 10.

A Mass in honor of the school's anniversary will be celebrated by Bishop Edward Kmiec at 10 a.m. on Feb. 6 in St. John the Baptist Church on Highland Avenue.

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