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'Cheers' actor to speak on keeping jobs in U.S.

Actor John Ratzenberger, who played Cliff the mailman on the TV series "Cheers," will be the guest speaker at a "Keep It Made in America" town hall meeting next Thursday in Asbury Hall, 341 Delaware Ave., sponsored by the Alliance for American Manufacturing and the United Steelworkers.

Ratzenberger currently hosts the "Made in America" series on the Travel Channel. This is the fifth in a series of town hall meetings leading up to the 2008 presidential and congressional elections.

There will be dinner at 5 p.m. Doors to the lecture hall open at 6 and the program begins at 6:30. Dinner and admission are free. Call toll-free (866) 365-2203 to make reservations for seats and dinner.



International adoptions to be focus of forum

Baker Victory Services will host a free seminar on international adoptions at 6 p.m. next Thursday in its offices, 780 Ridge Road at South Park Avenue, Lackawanna. Refreshments will be served.

Adoption specialists will discuss opportunities to adopt children in Colombia, Russia, Ukraine, Korea, Vietnam, China, Kazakhstan, Guatemala and Poland. For information, call Jan Buccirosso at 828-9636.



Renamed Youth Chorus starting 20th year

The Western New York Children's Chorus enters its 20th anniversary season this year with a new name -- the Buffalo Niagara Youth Chorus -- and a new place to rehearse, Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, 1080 Main St., founder and artistic director John Fleischman reports.

The chorus is holding auditions through December for youngsters ages 8 to 18. For information, call Sue Ryan at 662-3649 or visit



Applicants sought for Water Authority

The Erie County Legislature usually follows tradition by rubber-stamping the political hierarchy's nominees for the commission that runs the county Water Authority.

Under an informal arrangement, the party that controls the Legislature appoints two of the three members of the authority's board, while the minority party appoints the other.
Since both current commissioners are Democrats, legislators must fill the third seat with someone from another party.

Republican Party leaders have chosen Kelly M. Vacco, a lawyer and the wife of former State Attorney General Dennis C. Vacco. But legislative leaders say they will consider others.

Anyone interested in the position, which pays about $22,000 a year, should send a letter to Legislature Chairwoman Lynn M. Marinelli in County Hall, 92 Franklin St., Buffalo, NY 14202.

The Legislature's Energy and Environment Committee will interview candidates at 2 p.m. Monday in County Hall. For more information, contact Kevin J. Hosey, director of communications, at 858-8607.

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