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Proposed law would create animal abuse registry

The public will have the chance to speak Thursday on a proposal to create an animal abuse registry in Erie County.

The Erie County Legislature will hold a public hearing at 5:30 p.m. in the Legislature chambers at Old County Hall, 92 Franklin St.

The proposed local law would create an online registry that would display the photographs and addresses of people convicted of animal cruelty in the county. It would prohibit those convicted of violating the state's animal protection laws from owning or buying an animal for five years.

It also would impose a fine on pet sellers or adoption shelters that sell an animal to anyone on the list.

Erie County Legislator Terrence D. McCracken, D-Lancaster, proposed the new law last month.


Agreement will provide benefits to young people

Agreements between the Town of Cheektowaga and Catholic Charities will provide benefits to youth in the town.

The Town Board recently approved $68,193 for the faith-based organization to continue its popular Youth Engaged in Service program, which gives teens opportunities to help their community in various volunteer-type projects.

A second agreement with Catholic Charities funds a $176,845 program that gets individual and family counseling for at-risk youth in Cheektowaga through the School Intervention Service.

Some of the costs of the program are defrayed by reimbursements, officials said. Catholic Charities reimburses the town $35,900 of the program costs and the state Office of Children and Family Services reimburses $17,833.


Graphic artist to receive Key to the Locks Award

LOCKPORT -- Jeffery P. Degnan, a graphic artist for Niagara County's Economic Development Department, is the winner of the seventh annual Key to the Locks Award. Degnan will receive the prize at 11 a.m. Saturday in the Erie Canal Discovery Center, when the winning tune in this year's Erie Canal song contest also will premiere.

For the third time, the winning composer was "Doc Stuart" Shapiro, whose entry was titled "Digger 'n' Haulers."


Great Lakes Seaway Trail seeks new president, CEO

The Great Lakes Seaway Trail has announced its search for a new president and chief executive officer to continue development of tourism and travel-related economic initiatives for the 518-mile leisure driving route in New York and Pennsylvania.

Among the travel themes for the National Scenic Byway that includes Niagara Falls, the Thousand Islands and the Erie, Pa., Bayfront are maritime history, lighthouses and shipwrecks; water recreation; War of 1812 military history; birding and nature; and quilting as cultural heritage.

Longtime Executive Director Teresa H. Mitchell died in late January.

Seaway Trail's headquarters is in Sackets Harbor, near Watertown. The application instructions are online at