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>Longtime air base spokesman lands role for anniversary

Neil E. Nolf, former spokesman for the Niagara Falls Air Reserve Base, was named this week as Niagara County coordinator for the Niagara 1812 Bicentennial Legacy Council.

Nolf will be in charge of setting up events in Niagara County for the 200th anniversary of the War of 1812 and acting as a liaison between the binational Legacy Council and local historical groups.

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>Federal role in education being explored by League

The League of Women Voters will present a forum, "Race to the Top: Hope or Flop?" at 7 p.m. Thursday in the WNED studios.

Paul Theobald, interim dean of Buffalo State College's School of Education, will be the keynote speaker. The event officially begins the League of Women Voters' two-year national study about the role the federal government should play in education.

Panelists will include Donald Ogilvie, Erie 1 BOCES superintendent; Claity Massey, director of the King Center Charter School; Samuel Radford III, vice president of Buffalo's District Parent Coordinating Council; and Mike Preskop, regional staff director of NYSUT.

The forum, sponsored by Buffalo State College and the American Association of University Women, is free and open to the public. The snow date is Jan. 27.

The event will be recorded and broadcast later.

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>Board soliciting interest in recently vacated seat

PENDLETON -- The Starpoint Board of Education announced it is accepting letters of interest from district residents to fill a vacant board seat left after the recent resignation of Annmarie Reeb.

Vice President Michael Zimmerman said the appointment is until the May elections, when Reeb's term would have ended. Filling the seat until then is vital, he said, as budget season is approaching.

The board ideally is looking for candidates with experience. Zimmerman said the board hopes to appoint its new member at its next meeting on Jan. 24.

Letters of interest should be sent no later than Jan. 21 to Ruth Pirinelli, District Clerk, Starpoint CSD, 4363 Mapleton Road, Lockport, NY 14094.

Further information is available by calling the superintendent's office at 210-2352.

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>Martin Luther King Day closings

This is how the following area offices and services will be affected Monday by the Martin Luther King Day holiday.

City Court .... Closed

County courts .... Closed

State courts .... Closed

Federal courts .... Closed

City offices .... Closed

County offices .... Closed

State offices .... Closed

Federal offices .... Closed

Post Office .... Closed

Schools .... Closed

Banks .... Closed

Most stores .... Open

Metro Bus, Rail .... Saturday service

City garbage .... Regular