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Sales tax revenue share slightly less than budgeted

Growth in Erie County's share of local sales tax revenue was slightly lower than budgeted during the first two months of the year.

Erie County Comptroller David J. Shenk reported that the county's share of sales tax revenue collected during January and February increased 2.1 percent to about $65 million compared with the same period last year, when the county's share of sales tax revenue was $63.7 million.

The 2012 county budget forecasts the county's share of sales tax revenue to be $411 million this year, an increase of 2.5 percent over the county's actual sales tax revenue of $401 million last year.


Two defibrillator units donated by Univera

Univera Healthcare has donated two automated external defibrillator units to the Kids Escaping Drugs Renaissance Campus in West Seneca.

The AED units, which sell for about $2,500 each, are fully automated and provide voice commands for those who use them, including coaching on proper CPR technique. Univera has donated more than 140 of the units to agencies across upstate New York.


Panel to provide details about hydrofracturing

The Tonawanda Seneca Council of Chiefs has invited a panel of experts to provide public information about the controversial hydrofracturing procedure for producing natural gas from 6 to 9 p.m. Wednesday in the multipurpose room at Akron Central School, 47 Bloomingdale Ave.

The effects of "fracking" on the environment, nearby communities and public safety will be discussed. Refreshments will be served following the program.


Soccer program offered for children ages 4 to 7

A soccer program for youths ages 4 to 7 in Cheektowaga and Lovejoy is about to start, and Buffalo Council President Richard Fontana and Cheektowaga Councilman Stan Kaznowski are looking for a few good feet.

The free youth soccer program will be held from 6 to 7 p.m. every Monday and Wednesday at the Villa Maria gymnasium through May 30. Children must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.

To sign up, contact Fontana's office at 851-5151.


Program to provide advice on 'becoming a man'

Boys in seventh through ninth grades are invited to a free program to learn about "becoming a man" and "being responsible males" on Wednesday in Cleveland Hill.

Run by Planned Parenthood of Western New York, the five-week after-school program starts at 3 p.m. Wednesday in the Cleveland Hill Family Resource Center, 3660 Harlem Road, Cheektowaga, and will provide "factual information on sexuality education and life skills."

To register, contact Gloria Valley at 836-7200, Ext 8363.