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Labor, religious and community activists will rally at 4:30 p.m. Tuesday in Bidwell Park at Elmwood Avenue to protest the International Monetary Fund and World Bank, which are meeting in Prague, Czech Republic.

The group will march to Buffalo State College to demand that the State University of New York refrain from investing in World Bank bonds and to protest the international labor abuses of Sodhexo Marriott, which provides food service at the college.

Scheduled to speak are Marie Whyte of the Western New York Coalition for Economic Justice, Kathy Heffern of the Western New York Coalition for Debt Relief, Buffalo Council Member at Large Charles Fisher and Dr. James Cockcroft, author and scholar of Latin American policy.

Glenn to launch UB speakers series

John Glenn, the astronaut and former U.S. senator who returned to space two years ago at the age of 77, will open the University at Buffalo's 2000-01 Distinguished Speakers Series at 8 p.m. Oct. 11 in Alumni Arena on the North Campus in Amherst.

Mystery writer Mary Higgins Clark will follow, on Nov. 16. Basketball broadcaster Dick Vitale will be the third in the series, on Dec. 5, and Pulitzer Prize-winning historian Doris Kearns Goodwin, the fourth, on April 26.

Glenn, who represented his home state of Ohio from 1974 to 1998 in the Senate, became a national hero in 1962 when he circled Earth three times in the Mercury space capsule.

Tickets for the Distinguished Speakers Series are being sold as series subscriptions as well as for individual lectures. Both are available through the UB Center for the Arts ticket office.

Tickets to individual lectures may also be purchased through TicketMaster. Groups of 10 or more will receive a discount.

Daemen, BOCES receive USDA grants

Daemen College and the Cattaraugus-Allegany Board of Cooperative Educational Services are two of only five New York State recipients of the U.S. Department of Agriculture's year 2000 grants to boost technology in rural education and medicine, federal officials announced.

Agriculture Secretary Dan Glickman awarded $18.7 million in grants for 84 distance-learning and telemedicine projects nationwide late last week.

Daemen was awarded $106,700 for the second phase of its Allied Health Rural Telemedicine Project serving Erie, Livingston, Orleans, Steuben and Wyoming counties.

The grant will help finance the addition of avideoconferencing bridge to enhance the college's existing system and to help expand its health education and health information outreach to rural communities beyond its current sites.

Cattaraugus-Allegany BOCES -- serving Chautauqua, Erie, Genesee and Wyoming counties as well -- received a $344,762 grant for a program enabling students, parents, senior citizens, handicapped individuals and others to learn about art via teleconferencing technology originating at Burchfield-Penney Art Center at Buffalo State College.

Day care center plans new site

Doodlebugs Day Care Center plans to open a facility at 8790 Transit Road, Amherst.

The facility has received site plan and Planning Board approval from the town, but a last-minute glitch is holding up the project.

The lot the day care center is planned for is 1.12 acres in size. However, zoning law on that strip of land limits lot size to 1 acre.

As a result, the project must obtain a variance to go forward.

The proposal will be discussed by the Zoning Board of Appeals at 7 p.m. Oct. 3 in the town municipal building.

Right to Life Party backs two for court

The Right to Life Party nominated two Republicans for State Supreme Court at its 8th Judicial District nominating convention Sunday in Lancaster.

Convention Chairman Anthony J. Murty, the Right to Life Party Niagara County chairman, said the nods went to Erie County Legislature Minority Leader Frederick J. Marshall of East Aurora and Niagara County Attorney Ralph A. Boniello III of Lewiston.

There are four Supreme Court seats up for election this year, but Murty said the Right to Life Party found only two candidates it felt were qualified for its ballot line.

Marshall and Boniello are expected to be leading candidates when the Republican nominating convention is held tonight.

Harvest Happening Dance Oct. 4

The Town of Tonawanda Senior Citizens Association, in conjunction with the North Tonawanda Senior Center, will be host to the Harvest Happening Dance from 7 to 10 p.m. Oct. 4 in the Tonawanda Senior Center, 291 Ensminger Road.

There will be live music performed by Alterra of Kenmore.

For ticket information, call 874-3266.

Akron Village Board sets public hearing

The Akron Village Board will hold a public hearing to gather input on the use of next year's community development block grant funds at 7:30 p.m. next Monday in Village Hall.

Cheektowaga police offer 'Exploring'

Cheektowaga police, in association with the Niagara Frontier Council of the Boy Scouts of American, are inviting high school students interested in a career in law enforcement to an "Exploring" open house at 7 p.m. Oct. 3 in Cheektowaga Police Headquarters, 3223 Union Road.

Exploring is the Police Department's after-school career education program, geared at giving young people a behind-the-scenes look at law enforcement. Explorers meet at Police Headquarters twice a month for hands-on police training, service projects and seminars, said Boy Scout spokesman Thomas Johnston.

Students interested may call the Cheektowaga police Crime Prevention Office at 897-7293 or Johnston at 891-4073.

Scholarships to event will be awarded

The Parent-Child Connection will award 25 scholarships for parents who live in the Town of Hamburg to attend the Character Building summit from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Oct. 20. The scholarships will be awarded on a first-come, first-served basis. To apply, contact Karen Kopp at 646-9173 before Oct. 6.

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