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Legislature OKs pacts with pair of unions

LOCKPORT -- The Niagara County Legislature ratified new contracts for two county unions this week.

The Probation Officers Association won a contract, retroactive to the beginning of 2006, that expires at the end of 2011. It brings the 29 members retroactive raises of 2.5 percent for 2006 and 2007, 3 percent for this year, and 3 percent in each of the next three years.

Also ratified was a three-year extension of the contract for the county's unit of the Civil Service Employees Association, the largest county union with some 800 members. It gives them 3 percent annual raises through 2011.

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Open house to include christening of truck

LEWISTON -- The Upper Mountain Road Volunteer Fire Department, 839 Moyer Road, will conclude Fire Prevention Week with an open house and a christening of its new E-One Hurricane, the area's tallest aerial ladder truck, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday.

A highlight of the event will be the traditional "wetdown" at 11 a.m. Local firefighters and first responders will christen the completely refurbished 2002 truck with a 105-foot ladder. It was purchased because the department's ladder truck needed $75,000 worth of repairs.

The open house also will include fire truck rides, fire hall and equipment tours, blood-pressure checks, car seat checks, fire prevention and safety information and recruitment information. Food and refreshments will also be available.

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Breast cancer event to stress awareness

NIAGARA FALLS -- A breast cancer awareness event will be hosted by the Niagara County Healthy Living Partnership and Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center from 6:30 to 8 p.m. today in the Niagara Arts and Cultural Center, the former Niagara Falls High School, 1201 Pine Ave.

Gretchen Leffler, regional vice president of the American Cancer Society, will be speaking about the importance of mammography for breast cancer screening.

Also, speakers will offer information about the Blocks of Wellness Campaign. The Healthy Living Partnership has distributed some 700 pink light bulbs throughout Niagara County to people who will be lighting their porches and businesses in pink during the October observance of Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

Those planning to attend the free event are asked to call 439-7414.

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