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>Niagara Power Coalition to hold special meeting

WHEATFIELD -- The Niagara Power Coalition has called a special meeting for Wednesday in the Niagara County Center for Economic Development.

The group, which consists of Niagara County, three municipalities and three school districts that signed a relicensing settlement agreement with the State Power Authority, needs to continue discussing proposed protocols for the use of Niagara River Greenway funding, Chairman William L. Ross said.

Group members also have to talk about needed procedures -- including setting up bank accounts -- in order for each entity to receive the funding, Ross said. The meeting, which is open to the public, will begin at 12:30 p.m. at 6311 Inducon Corporate Drive.

The group already scheduled a meeting for Friday. That meeting will follow a noon meeting of the Host Community Standing Committee, the group that will control funding for Greenway projects using funds allocated for Niagara County projects. Each member of the coalition sits on that committee, as does the Power Authority. Both of Friday's meetings also are open to the public.

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>Gerace to receive humanitarian award

BATAVIA -- Joseph R. Gerace of Batavia has been named the 23rd recipient of the Genesee County Health and Humanitarian Award -- sponsored by the Jerome Foundation and the United Memorial Medical Center Foundation.

Gerace, a longtime barber and real estate agent in a family-owned business, was chosen for his Simply Beautiful program, which helps women coping with the effects of chemotherapy and radiation. He is also active in Genesee Cancer Assistance and the Batavia Rotary Club.

The award will be presented during a Dec. 7 luncheon in Terry Hills restaurant.

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>Alumni musicians sought for school's anniversary

SANBORN -- Niagara-Wheatfield Senior High School is attempting to build an alumni band and chorus as part of its 50th anniversary observance in 2008.

Former music director Wallace Goodman is in charge of the project and seeks to put together a group for several performances next year. Any former Niagara-Wheatfield musician or singer who wants to revisit his or her musical youth is asked to call Goodman at 751-6583.

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>Reservations due for session on protection of farmland

LOCKPORT -- Reservations are due by Tuesday for a session Thursday on purchasing development rights as a way to preserve farmland in Western New York.

The session, sponsored by the Western New York Land Conservancy and the American Farmland Trust, will be held from 6:30 to 9 p.m. Thursday at Cornell Cooperative Extension, 4487 Lake Ave. Admission is $5, which includes a light supper. Reservations may be made by calling 687-1225.

Officials from the Land Conservancy, the Farmland Trust and the state Division of Agriculture and Markets will speak. The conservancy already protects more than 4,000 acres in the region.

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