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NIAGARA NEWS BRIEFS

New office for Slaughter opens at 640 Park Place

NIAGARA FALLS -- Rep. Louise Slaughter on Friday opened a new office at 640 Park Place.

The office is larger and has more available parking outside than her previous office on Pine Avenue. It also has better security.

Windows in the former office were shattered last year after Slaughter, D-Fairport, voted for health care reform, but the office staff by then already had been looking into larger quarters. The office will be open from 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. weekdays. Niagara County constituents looking to reach Slaughter's staff can call 282-1274 or visit www.louise.house.gov.

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Issue of 'narrowbanding' to be discussed at meeting

SANBORN -- A public forum on the federal "narrowbanding" mandate for emergency radio systems is set for 9 a.m. today in Niagara County Community College, Room B-114.

Niagara County is facing a project costing an estimated $18.5 million to erect as many as 14 new radio towers to comply with the Federal Communications Commission mandate that emergency communications take up less space on the radio spectrum.

Speakers at the event are expected to include county interim Emergency Management Director John Cecula and Sheriff James R. Voutour. Parking is available in Lot 4, behind the building marked "Business," which is where the forum will be held.

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Zonta Club seeking entries for 5th annual Soup Cook-Off

NORTH TONAWANDA -- Entries are being accepted for the Zonta Club of the Tonawandas' fifth annual Soup Cook-Off.

The event -- which is open to individuals, organizations and restaurants -- will be held from 1 to 4 p.m. Feb. 13 at the Elks Lodge, Main and Sweeney streets.

Entrants must pre-register their soups before Feb. 10. Entry forms and rules are available at Floral Accents, 877 Payne Ave., as well as by contacting event chairwoman Debbie Jaeger at 417-2181.

Proceeds will benefit local charities and DeGraff Memorial Hospital's patient services.

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Federal funds will help food pantries, soup kitchens

NIAGARA FALLS -- Niagara County will be able to supplement food pantries and soup kitchens because of funding through the federal Emergency Food and Shelter National Board Program.

The Federal Emergency Management Agency leads the program, which consists of members from the Salvation Army, American Red Cross, United Way of America and other groups.

The United Way of Greater Niagara will work with a local board made up of a cross-section of community members to determine how the funds awarded to emergency food and shelter programs in the county will be distributed.

Eligible groups must be a nonprofit or government agency. The deadline to apply for funds is noon Feb. 11. For more information, call the United Way at 285-8461 or 434-1190.

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