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>Civil Air Patrol branch meets monthly at airport

A branch of the Civil Air Patrol meets monthly at the Akron Airport.

Akron Composite Squadron meets from 7 to 9 p.m. Tuesdays and is open to all interested persons aged 12 and older.

Included is information on cadet programs, aerospace education, rocketry, emergency services and homeland security. For more information, contact the Western New York recruiter, 1st Lt. Nancy Haas, at 433-3166 or e-mail CAPWNYrecruiter@aol.com.

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>Law aims to help customers avoid overpayment for deed

Web sites offering to sell you a certified copy of your deed dramatically overcharge what it costs for the service at the Erie County clerk's office, says County Clerk Kathy Hochul.

A law that took effect days ago requires that solicitations disclose that customers can obtain a certified copy of their deed from a county clerk's office in New York for less than $20.

"The cost of having a certified copy produced here at our office is in the $6 range," Hochul said. "We continue to see Web services charging more than 10 times that amount for the same service."

For more information, call 858-8865 or visit www.erie.gov/clerk.

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>Ninth Hunter's Hope Ball will be held Nov. 21

NFL Hall-of-Famer Jim Kelly and his wife, Jill, announced plans for the Ninth annual Hunter's Hope Candlelight Ball, which will be held at 7 p.m. Nov. 21 in Samuel's Grande Manor, Clarence.

The ball will raise funds to help broaden awareness of Krabbe disease, which claimed the Kellys' son, Hunter, and other leukodystrophies, and provide money for research.

The gala will include food and wine from 30 of the region's restaurants and wineries, a silent and live auction and entertainment. Russ Brandon, chief operating officer of the Buffalo Bills, and his wife, Amy, will serve as honorary chairmen. For more information, visit www.huntershope.org or call 667-1200.

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>Biochemist to discuss intelligent design

Fazale Rana, a leading proponent of intelligent design, will discuss, "Is Darwinism Fit to Survive?" from 3 to 5 p.m. Nov. 8 in Room 205 of the Natural Sciences Complex on the North Campus of the University at Buffalo.

In the free, public address, Rana, a biochemist and author, will argue that recent discoveries in biochemistry provide evidence that biological life was designed by a creator and that Darwinian theory is flawed. For more information, call Tom Wanchick at 957-6532.

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>Tapestry Charter High receives $15,000 grant

Tapestry Charter School's high school has received a $15,000 grant from the Williamsville-based East Hill Foundation to buy science lab supplies and equipment to support its physics and chemistry curriculum. The high school will move to Tapestry's new location at 65 Great Arrow Drive next school year.

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