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Canal Clean Sweep welcomes volunteers

LOCKPORT -- As part of this weekend's statewide Canal Clean Sweep, the City of Lockport's Canal Development Task Force will offer a chance for volunteers to join the Lockport Canal Cleanup from 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Saturday, starting at the Canal Street gazebo.

More than 100 community organizations, service groups, municipalities, and businesses across the state are participating in the Canal Clean Sweep by joining one of the 75 local cleanup activities in parks, along public promenades and on Canalway Trail segments.

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Cleanup volunteers asked to meet at Mayor's Park

NORTH TONAWANDA -- The city will participate Saturday in the Canal Clean Sweep, a statewide cleanup throughout the communities along the 524-mile canal system.

People who want to help should meet at 9 a.m. at the large pavilion at Mayor's Park, 987 Sweeney St. Rakes, gloves and trash bags will be supplied by the city Recreation and Parks Department.

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School Board meeting today will adopt final budget

NEWFANE -- The Newfane School Board will hold a special meeting at 7 p.m. today to adopt its final $32 million budget for 2012-13.

The meeting will be held in the Early Childhood Center, 6048 Godfrey Road.

The tentative $32.94 million budget includes a spending plan increase of about $1.4 million -- a 4.5 percent hike over the current plan.

Superintendent Christine Tibbetts attributed the largest part of the spending hike to "contractual obligations -- salaries and benefits."

"We are in the teaching and learning business, so the largest part of our budget is staffing," she said.

She said the proposed tax levy is within the 2 percent tax cap set by the state, but that it is too early to predict the tax rate, as property assessments have not been finalized.

A public hearing on the budget is planned for 7 p.m. May 1 in the Early Childhood Center.

Polls will be open for a public vote on the budget from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. May 15 in Newfane Elementary School, 2909 Transit Road, and voters are asked to enter through the pool lobby.

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Food-tasting event set Saturday at ECC City

VOICE-Buffalo will host the Return of the Feast of the Tables, a congregational and community food-tasting event, from 5 to 8 p.m. Saturday at Erie Community College City Campus, 121 Ellicott St.

Performing will be the Lafayette High School International Student Chorus, the Community School 53 Boys Chorus, the Blessed Anointed Daughters of St. Columba & Brigid Church, the Mime Group from Holy Cross Church and the Habakkah Dance Troupe from ELIM Christian Fellowship Church.

Suggested donation of $20 includes 20 tasting tickets. Suggested donation for a family of four is $60.

For information, call 842-6571 or visit www.voice-buffalo.org.