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Talented kids sought to perform at Children's Fair

SILVER CREEK -- The 10th annual Silver Creek Children's Fair will be held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday in the village square at Main Street and Central Avenue. Various events are scheduled.

The fair, sponsored by the Kiwanis Club of Silver Creek, will feature a "Silver Creek Has Talent Event." This will be a local youth talent showcase in which kids can perform in front of the Children's Fair crowd. The talent can be singing, dancing, playing an instrument, pet tricks or other talents.

The coordinator is Matt Bogosian. All participants will be entered to win a prize, and the grand prize is a $50 gift certificate to Just Pets in Irving. Participants must preregister for the talent showcase by calling Bogosian at 672-9181. Space is limited and will be based on order of registration.

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Hearing on water levels in Lake Ontario set for 7 p.m.

OLCOTT -- Tonight's public information session on a plan to alter how Lake Ontario water levels are controlled starts at 7 p.m. in the Olcott Fire Company hall, 1691 Lockport-Olcott Road.

Niagara County officials, who are opposing the International Joint Commission's plan, had announced an incorrect time.

The commission, with the backing of environmental groups, seeks to allow water levels to fluctuate more than they have in the past 50 years. Niagara and Orleans county officials are against the plan, saying it would create more erosion, damage lakefront property and possibly harm fishing and other boating interests.

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Poloncarz appoints Grant as senior services chief

A former Erie County mental health commissioner will lead the county's senior services.

County Executive Mark C. Poloncarz has appointed Ellen Grant as the county's new commissioner of senior services.

Grant most recently has served as the director of Cornerstone Manor in Buffalo and has also worked with BlueCross BlueShield of Western New York, Buffalo General Hospital and Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center.

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Event aims to raise funds for 'Mr. Tonawanda' project

A benefit to honor the late "Mr. Tonawanda," Christopher Slauson, is set for the Boys & Girls Club in the City of Tonawanda from 3 to 7 p.m. Saturday.

Slauson, a lifelong resident of the City of Tonawanda and 1998 graduate, passed away unexpectedly last October. Although Slauson suffered from autism, he remained a strong supporter of the Tonawanda district even in his adult life, continuing to attend Warrior games long after graduation. He eventually earned the nickname "Mr. Tonawanda" for his continued enthusiasm for the athletics program.

Funds raised from the benefit will support Slauson's dream project of a fitness, food and fun program, as well as his family. Tickets are $10 for adults and $3 for children 12 and under, and are available at the Lane Jewelers location at Adam and Seymour streets. Food will be served from 3 to 6 p.m.