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Board opposes bid to repeal zeroing out of library tax

MIDDLEPORT -- Superintendent Kevin MacDonald said Friday that the Royalton-Hartland School District will oppose an attempt by the Middleport Free Library to remove a proposition from the May 15 district ballot that would zero out the library tax.

The tax of 25 cents per $1,000 of assessed valuation was passed last year in a referendum held separately from the regular school election. Opponents questioned the vote's legality and said it was not well publicized. They circulated petitions for a proposition to reduce the tax to zero.

The School Board voted March 22 to place that on this year's ballot. The library is asking State Education Commissioner John B. King Jr. to remove the repeal proposition because it was placed on the ballot without the library's consent. The district's reply opposing the request will be mailed Monday, MacDonald said.

"We believe we've been presented with a legal and valid petition by appropriate community members," MacDonald said. "[When that happens] you need to put the proposition before the voters."


History Museum to mark 8th birthday with open house

NORTH TONAWANDA -- The North Tonawanda History Museum will mark its eighth birthday with an open house from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. today at the museum, 54 Webster St.

Mayor Robert G. Ortt and a staffer from State Sen. George D. Maziarz's office will be on hand for a 2 p.m. presentation, featuring the cutting of two large cakes from Budwey's Market.

The museum received its provisional charter from the state April 20, 2004. Executive Director Donna Zellner Neal said the museum will seek a permanent charter next year. It has been located in the former G.C. Murphy store on Webster Street for three years.


Volunteers to construct new access ramp at VFW post

LOCKPORT -- Community volunteers will gather today at Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 2535, 112 Caledonia St., to construct a new handicapped access ramp for the post.

The 40-foot ramp is to be built between 8:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. Funding was donated by the Lockport Rotary Club.

Phil Pantano, spokesman for the United Way of Greater Niagara, said the United Way, through its union contacts and programs, helped find a union carpenter to donate his time for designing the ramp and serving as project manager.


Historical Society to present concert to mark War of 1812

WILSON -- The Wilson Historical Society will present a special concert by Dave Ruch on "The War of 1812: Songs and Stories for New York and Beyond" at 7 p.m. Monday.

This free event will be held at the Wilson Historical Society, 645 Lake St., and is made possible through the "Speakers in the Humanities" program, sponsored by the New York Council for the Humanities.