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School district to vote on library appropriation

BATAVIA -- Residents of the city school district will vote May 1 on a 2 percent increase in the 2012-13 appropriation for the Richmond Memorial Library.

The proposed budget is $1.35 million, an increase of $23,225. The district pays $1.2 million of the library's annual spending. Expenses are topped by salaries, about half the operating costs.

Elizabeth Stich, an incumbent, is the only candidate for the five-member board of trustees.

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Volunteers to pick up trash at 40 waterfront sites

Volunteers will pick up trash and debris at about 40 waterfront sites in Erie and Niagara counties Saturday as part of a shoreline cleanup project sponsored by Buffalo Niagara Riverkeeper.

The rain-or-shine event will last from 9 a.m. until noon, followed by a picnic lunch at the American Legion Post, 533 Amherst St. The event is part of a nationwide program called the Great American Cleanup.

More than 1,300 volunteers have signed up, but more help is welcomed, said Elizabeth Lamonte, volunteer coordinator for the organization. She can be contacted at 852-7483, and more information is available at bnriverkeeper.org.

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Tentative contract reached at health care center

LOCKPORT -- Odd Fellow and Rebekah Rehabilitation and Health Care Center reached a tentative contract agreement Monday with the union representing 110 licensed practical nurses, certified nurse's aides, housekeeping, laundry and dietary workers.

Jim Crampton, lead negotiator for Local 1199, Service Employees International Union, United Healthcare Workers East, called it "a pretty good deal."

He said it improves wages and health coverage for the unionized workers. Details will be disclosed after the union ratification vote, scheduled from 12:30 to 4:30 p.m. today.

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Student leaders meet with administration officials

WASHINGTON -- About 100 student leaders from around the country met with Obama administration officials and other leaders over the weekend in the first-ever Student Leadership Summit.

"There was a lot of interaction between the [student government] presidents and national political leaders," with student loans being one of the central issues discussed, said Steve Glickman, an Amherst native who serves as executive director of the National Campus Leadership Council, which organized the summit.

Students are concerned about a scheduled doubling of interest rates of federal Stafford loans, said Alexis Keslinke, the student group's communications director. College affordability and youth unemployment also were among the key issues discussed at the event.

Speakers included Jon Carson, director of the White House Office of Public Engagement, and former Idaho Gov. Dirk Kemphthorne, a Republican.

The events took place at the Center for American Progress and American University.