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An informational meeting area high school students who are interested in attending a U.S. service academy will be held at 7 p.m. Oct. 16 in Clarence High School, 9625 Main St., Clarence.

The forum has been set up by Rep. Thomas M. Reynolds, R-Clarence, for students in his district who may be interested in attending the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, Md., U.S. Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, Colo., U.S. Merchant Marine Academy at Kings Point, or the U.S. Coast Guard Academy in New London, Conn.

Representatives from each of the academies will be on hand to meet with parents and students to provide information and answer questions.

For information, parents or students may call Reynolds' local district office at 634-2324.

Special Olympics horse competition set

The High Hurdles Therapeutic Riding Program will be host to the Area 23 Special Olympics equine competition Sunday.

Opening ceremonies are scheduled for 9:30 a.m. at the Colden Equestrian Center on Center Road in Colden, and spectators are welcome. The riding program is a division of Suburban Adult Services.

The Special Olympians will compete in three categories: horsemanship, trail and games. All riders registered in the area must participate in this event to be eligible for the 2001 New York State Special Olympics Equine Tournament.

Openings are available for the High Hurdles fall session, which begins Oct. 11. For information on registration or to volunteer, call Judy Feine at 496-5551.

Car seat safety check offered Saturday

The Babies "R" Us store at 1569 Niagara Falls Blvd., Amherst, will observe Baby Safety Month by offering a free safety check of child car seats Saturday from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Inspectors from Safe Kids Coalition will examine seats for proper installation, age and size capacity, and to see whether they have been damaged or recalled.

"We are pleased to join with the Safe Kids Coalition to provide parents with such a valuable service," says store director Lisa Santangelo. "Many of us are parents ourselves, and we know how important it is to be sure a car seat is installed properly."

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