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PUMPKIN CONTEST: Teams from several Western New York High schools competed Sunday in a pumpkin trebuchet competition at the Great Pumpkin Farm in Clarence. A trebuchet is a medieval-style catapult. "The point was to create and build trebuchets that could launch 6- to 8-pound pumpkins," said North Tonawanda technology teacher June Mikulski. There were two competitions: one to launch the pumpkin the farthest, the other an accuracy contest flinging the pumpkin at a castle target. Depew won first place for distance with North Tonawanda second. The accuracy award went to North Tonawanda's team of 27 students, from technology classes and the school's engineering and architecture academy. The North Tonawanda team, also coached by teacher Stephen Blask, was "the only team to even hit the castle," Mikulski said. "We hit the right side tower and broke it off."


COSTUME CONTEST: Are you making your Halloween costume? NeXt is looking for readers ages 10 to 18 who have come up with the most creative homemade Halloween costume. E-mail a photo of yourself in your costume with a description of how you put it together to by 8 a.m. Friday. Include your name, age, school and home phone number. Finalists will appear in the Oct. 29 NeXt; online voting will determine the winner. Grand prize is a $25 gift certificate to Pizza Plant and movie passes for four. Runners-up will win movie passes.


NICKELODEON POLL: Democratic Sen. Barack Obama has been declared the winner in Nickelodeon's 2008 Kids Pick the President National Poll. A record number of 2.2 million votes were cast the week of Oct. 12 to 20 in online voting. Obama received 51 percent of the vote (1,167,087 votes), while Republican Sen. John McCain received 49 percent (or 1,129,945). The vote is not a scientific poll.


FUTURE CITIES: Seventh- and eighth-graders will tackle the question of the looming water crisis in the 2009 National Engineers Week Future City Competition. Registration deadline is Oct. 31. Student teams create future cities using SimCity 4 Deluxe software and then build scale models. Winner of the Jan. 24 regional competition advances to national competition. Contact regional coordinator Karen Armstrong at 691-9200, Ext. 245.


TUESDAYS WITH MORRIE: The Niagara Regional Theatre Guild will present "Tuesdays With Morrie" at 8 p.m. this Friday and Saturday, Oct. 21 and Nov. 1 with a 3 p.m. Sunday matinee this Sunday only at the Cardinal O'Hara Performing Arts Center, 39 O'Hara Road, Tonawanda. Tickets prices are $14, $13 for students and $10 pre-sale. Call 284-6358 or visit


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