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>Talk set on legal issues for student athletes

NEWFANE -- A local attorney who wrote a book advising student athletes how to deal with legal problems will speak at 7 p.m. next Wednesday at Newfane Middle School.

The talk by Michael S. Taheri, an Amherst lawyer who wrote The Student Athlete's Guide to the Criminal Justice System with co-author James F. Orr, will be open to the public.

Taheri's recently published book examines such issues as student athletes and drugs, and underage drinking parties. The school is located at 2700 Transit Road.

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>Public hearings planned on two upcoming projects

WHEATFIELD -- The Niagara County Industrial Development Agency has scheduled public hearings on two upcoming projects.
A hearing will be held at 3:30 p.m. Tuesday in Niagara Falls City Hall on the expanded tax-exempt bonding authority sought by Norstar Development USA to finance the planned $60 million reconstruction of the Niagara Falls Housing Authority's Center Court housing complex.
The IDA will hold a hearing at 3:30 p.m. Nov. 16 in its offices, 6311 Inducon Corporate Drive, on a 15-year property tax break sought by Niagara Sheets, the new company formed by three local cardboard makers to produce corrugated material in the Smurfit-Stone plant on Shawnee Road.

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>Development rights are focus of workshop

LOCKPORT -- The Western New York Land Conservancy and the American Farmland Trust will hold a workshop on the purchase of development rights from 6:30 to 9 p.m. Thursday in Cornell Cooperative Extension's Niagara County Meeting Center at 4487 Lake Ave.

This workshop will show participants how to set up a program on the purchase of development rights.

Presenters are Jason Engel, farm protection implementation grants manager for Amherst and Marilla and grants manager for the state Department of Agriculture and Markets; Robert L. Besanceney, treasurer of the Western New York Land Conservancy and manager of the Land Conservancy's farmland protection initiatives in Amherst, Marilla and Clarence; and Diane Held, Western New York field representative for American Farmland Trust.

The program is open to community leaders, farmers, grant writers, town planners, town attorneys, appraisers and anyone interested in farmland protection. Admission is $5.

For reservations, call the conservancy at 687-1225 or send an e-mail to pszarpa@wnylc.org.

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