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Applications being taken for Citizens Police Academy

The University at Buffalo is taking applications for its Citizens Police Academy, according to UB Police Chief Gerald W. Schoenle Jr.

The annual police academy, which runs for seven weeks and starts Feb. 9, gives members of the public and university "an in-depth look into the working life of a police officer," according to a university statement. A limited number of spots are open.

"Our third annual Citizens Police Academy is an opportunity for students, faculty, staff and members of the greater community to take an inside look at policing and actually experience what being a University at Buffalo police officer is all about," Schoenle said.

The three-hour classes, which will be held beginning at 6:30 p.m. Wednesdays, cover subjects ranging from fire and first aid to state penal law, traffic and crime scene investigations.

Questions and applications can be obtained at http://upolice.buffalo.edu/.

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Scholarship competition offering applications

Applications are now available for the Community Foundation of Greater Buffalo's 2011 scholarship competition. The foundation awarded nearly $2 million in scholarships last year.

Competitive scholarships are awarded primarily to college undergraduates and range from about $1,000 to $6,000. Applicants must be residents of the eight counties of Western New York, attend an accredited school and have an average of C or better. Applications are due March 1. For information and applications, visit www.cfgb.org.

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Tournament will include shootout for an SUV

Ten amateur hockey players will get a chance to win a 2011 Ford Explorer in a new event announced for the fourth annual Labatt Blue Buffalo Pond Hockey Tournament next month.

On Feb. 12, the finalists will compete in a shootout for the SUV, getting one chance to shoot a puck through a four-inch target from 100 feet away. The first one to score will get the keys.

Entries for the shootout can be found at Tops Markets, Dash's Markets, Consumer's Beverage, local Ford dealerships and online at www.wnyford.com. The 10 finalists will be randomly selected. Entrants must be 21, residents of New York or Pennsylvania and have a valid driver's license.

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King Day closings

This is how the following area offices and services will be affected today 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