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>School Board OKs repairs to roof damaged by hail

The Sweet Home School Board on Tuesday approved a resolution to provide emergency repair to the roof of Sweet Home Middle School to fix damage caused by a hailstorm in June.

During a special voting session, the board approved repair work not to exceed $1.1 million. The hailstorm left about 3,000 holes in the middle school roof.

Superintendent Geoffrey Hicks said most of the project is covered by the district's insurance policy, though the district might be facing costs of about $40,000 to repair sections of the roof not covered under the policy.

Robert McDow, the district's director of finance, said repair work will be conducted on weekends and after dismissal on weekdays.

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>Nader to bring campaign for president here Friday

Presidential candidate Ralph Nader will deliver an address at 7 p.m. Friday in Lafayette Avenue Presbyterian Church, 875 Elmwood Ave.

Following a 6:30 p.m. news conference, his campaign said, he will speak on the Wall Street bailout, single-payer health care, the Iraq War and other issues dominating his minor-party race.

Nader, the consumer activist, is making his third presidential bid following unsuccessful campaigns in 2000 and 2004.

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>Town Board authorizes bid for block grants

The Newstead Town Board this week authorized Supervisor David Cummings to apply for Erie County community development block grants for installation of handicap-accessible doors at the Senior Center and Town Hall, continuation of the Rural Transit van service and installation of sidewalks near the park on Skyline Drive and from the Town Hall on Clarence Center Road to Buell Street.

The latter would be a joint project with the Village of Akron.

Board members also passed a resolution urging the Erie County executive to convert the state-funded recycling coordinator -- who oversees the Southtowns Solid Waste Management Board -- to a county position until grant funding is reinstated. The state has delayed funding for the position.

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