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N.T. REPUBLICANS RE-ELECT COX AS CHAIRMAN THE NORTH TONAWANDA REPUBLICAN COMMITTEE HAS UNANIMOUSLY <br> RE-ELECTED MICHAEL D. COX TO A THIRD TWO-YEAR TERM AS CITY GOP CHAIRMAN. COX ALSO IS NORTH TONAWANDA CITY CLERK.

The North Tonawanda Republican Committee has unanimously re-elected Michael D. Cox to a third two-year term as city GOP chairman. Cox also is North Tonawanda city clerk.

The committee also endorsed North Tonawanda City Attorney Henry F. Wojtaszek for Niagara County Republican vice chairman.

Elected to the executive committee were Mary Jo Muehlbauer to a second term as vice chairman. Re-elected were Monica A. Ross as committee secretary, Walter Yaro as treasurer and Dorothy Manuszewski as vice chairman, all for two-year terms.

The committee also endorsed Michael Norris for a second term as Niagara County Republican election commissioner, and John Long Sr. to another term as county Republican chairman.

Cox said 2001 will be a challenging year, with North Tonawanda's new City Charter taking effect. "We must continue the positive growth and revitalization of the city," he said.

'Thomas Jefferson' stars at re-enactment

LEWISTON -- A re-enactor will portray Thomas Jefferson at 6 p.m. Thursday in the Lewiston-Porter High School auditorium. The event, titled "A Conversation With Thomas Jefferson," is free and open to the public.

Bill Barker of the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation will appear as Jefferson as part of a program that is funded by the state Education Department and the state Council on the Arts. The Empire State Partnership program and the Castellani Art Museum at Niagara University also helped to bring Barker here.

He will portray the life and times of Jefferson and will take questions from the audience.

Niagara Girl Scouts will hold canoe race

LOCKPORT -- The Girl Scouts of Niagara County will hold their 30th annual Skills and Chills kickoff canoe race this weekend at Camp Margaret Castle, which lies along the Erie Canal here. Competitions among the older scouts in the Cadette and senior levels will be held.

The race begins at 2 p.m. Sunday, weather permitting, at the Day Road bridge, and 10 teams will race between 2:30 and 2:45 p.m. at Camp Margaret Castle.

NCCC scholarship dinner set for Oct. 14

SANBORN -- Jerald I. and Joan W. Wolfgang of Youngstown have been named chairman and chairwoman for the 10th annual Niagara County Community College Foundation Scholarship Dinner, to be held Oct. 14 on the college's campus.

Wolfgang is director of the Western New York Regional Education Center, serves on the foundation's board of directors and is chairman of A Festival of Lights, Niagara Falls. His wife is a current member of the college's board of trustees and works as an insurance broker and agent with Lawley Insurance of Buffalo.

Organizers hope to raise $100,000. The event includes a wine and hors d'oeuvres reception, a silent auction, dinner and dancing. For ticket information, call the NCCC Foundation office at 614-5910.

'Nutcracker' auditions today, Saturday

NIAGARA FALLS -- Auditions for the Greater Niagara Ballet Company's annual production of "The Nutcracker" have been scheduled for today and Saturday in the Community Education Center, 561 Portage Road.

The open auditions for the Junior and Senior Corps de Ballet will be from 5:30 to 7 p.m. today. Dancers 14 and older are required to have strong technique and classical ballet lines, spokeswoman Judie Takacs said. Strong pointe work is also needed, she said.

Open auditions for younger children will be held from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday. Character parts are available for grand march children, maids, soldiers, mice, bonbons, Arabian handmaidens and menservants. Dance experience for character roles is not necessary, Takacs said.

The audition fee is $15.

Performances of "The Nutcracker" are scheduled for the weekend of Dec. 15 in the new Niagara Falls High School. The times are yet to be announced.

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