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NIAGARA FALLS -- Do you have a collectible in your closet?

Free appraisals will be offered by Wilson Curry, a well-known auctioneer and appraiser, from 5 to 8 p.m. Wednesday in Niagara Falls Public Library, 1425 Main St. There is a limit of two items per person.

Numbers will be given out at the library from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday, prior to Curry's appearance. The program is free and sponsored by the Friends of the Library.

Program aimed at preventing auto theft

TOWN OF NIAGARA -- Representatives of the Niagara County Sheriff's Department are offering a free program to protect against auto theft from 4 to 8 p.m. Thursdayin Niagara No. 1 Fire Hall, 6010 Lockport Road.

The program allows police officers to identify vehicles that are not routinely operated during early morning hours or near international borders or ports. By placing decals on the vehicles, law enforcement officials anywhere in the U.S. can stop and check the identity of the driver if a vehicle is seen on the road between 1 and 5 a.m.

Attendees may also allow officials to etch vehicle identification numbers on each of the auto's windows. Owners of the vehicles may also be able to receive a 2 to 5 percent discount on their insurance premiums by attending.

The program is also sponsored by the Town of Niagara Police Department.

New guidelines for food stamps released

NIAGARA FALLS -- A representative of the Niagara Community Action Program has released the new income guidelines for those eligible for food stamp assistance, effective Sunday.

Melinda Olick, a representative of the Nutrition Outreach and Education Program, gave the maximum gross monthly incomes for those eligible for food stamps:

For a household of one, the maximum gross monthly income must not exceed $905.

For two, the income must not exceed $1,219.

For three, the income must not be over $1,533.

For four, the income must not exceed $1,848.

For five, the income must not be over $2,162.

For six, the income must not exceed $2,476.

For seven, it must not be over $2,790.

For eight, the income must not be over $3,104.

For each additional member, the gross monthly income increases by $315.

Olick added that households with members over 60 years of age or with disabilities may have higher gross incomes and still qualify for food stamps.

For information, call 285-9681.

Festival of Lights inviting performers

NIAGARA FALLS -- A Festival of Lights is inviting performers to apply to take part in this year's festival, running from Nov. 18 through Dec. 31.

The festival's entertainment committee will schedule volunteer entertainment at the Wintergarden stage and at various local hotels. Performances will be scheduled daily from 6 to 9 p.m.

Oct. 13 is the deadline for applying. Performing groups, old and new, are to mail the name of their group, contact person, address and phone number to: Patrick M. Kuciewski, Entertainment Committee, A Festival of Lights, 345 Third St., Niagara Falls, N.Y. 14303-1117.

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