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Sheriff candidates to address Rotary members

LOCKPORT -- The two candidates for Niagara County sheriff will face off before the Rotary Club of Lockport at 12:30 p.m. Tuesday in the Lockport Town and Country Club, 717 East Ave.

Democrat James R. Voutour and Republican Ernest C. Palmer will give opening and closing statements and answer three questions from a panel of Rotary members.

The forum, expected to last up to 45 minutes, is open to the public. Lunch will be served at 12:10, Rotary publicity chairman Michael Alexander said. Those planning to attend are asked to call him at 510-3087 so the club can confirm its lunch count.

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Council on Aging changes its name

NIAGARA FALLS -- The Council on Aging, sponsored by the Health Association of Niagara County, has changed its name to the Council for Older Adults, the organization announced this week.

A news release said the switch was made to try to avoid confusion between the Council on Aging and the Niagara County Office for the Aging.

The Health Association's formerly separate Golden Age Program is being incorporated into the Council. That makes it possible for seniors to join the Council individually rather than only as members of a seniors' club.

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N.Y. air guard exceeds 2008 recruitment goal

NIAGARA FALLS -- The New York Air National Guard exceeded its recruiting goal for fiscal year 2008, recruiting 114 additional citizen airmen and ending the year with 6,084 members, Guard officials announced.

"We are very pleased with the outstanding job that our recruiters from throughout the state and members of the entire New York Air National Guard family are doing to bring extraordinary men and women into the New York Air National Guard," Col. Tony Basile, deputy chief of staff, said in a statement.

The Guard operates five air wings, based in Niagara Falls, Syracuse, Schenectady, Newburgh, and eastern Long Island, along with the Northeast Air Defense Sector in Rome.

The 107th Airlift Wing, based at the Niagara Falls Air Reserve Station, had an especially successful recruiting year, growing to 102 percent of assigned strength, according to Col. Patrick Ginavan, wing commander.

Guard members rotate in and out of combat zones in Iraq and Afghanistan; 255 airmen are currently deployed. Members also serve in state emergencies and on homeland security missions.

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