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The Town of Cheektowaga will hold its annual Winter Fest from 11:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday in Town Park, off Harlem Road north of Walden Avenue.

Events -- subject to weather change -- will include ice skating, a celebrity hockey game, figure skating, cross-country skiing and dog sled demonstrations.

There will also be music, refreshments, sleigh rides, prizes, games, clowns and face painting, according to organizers with the town's Youth Engaged in Service program.

Laptop computers demonstrated

Cheektowaga-Sloan School Board members were all equipped with new wireless laptop computers Tuesday night -- but they didn't get to keep them.

The Macintosh laptops were set up in the boardroom -- temporarily -- for a demonstration by technology director Margaret Jones-Carey. Thirty-five of the computers are now being tried out in the middle school.

Jones-Casey said that there will be no cost to the district for the computers, which are included in the district's portion of a shared $2.2 million Title III technology grant awarded to the Cheektowaga-Sloan and Buffalo School districts last fall.

To find out if the computers will meet district needs, officials are rotating the portable units among classrooms so that staff and students can get used to them.

Jones-Casey said the students and teachers are adapting just fine.

Jones-Casey said the goal is to eventually eliminate the district's computer labs by replacing the stationary computers with more of the colorful $1500 I-books. Because they can be divided up and easily rolled around on carts from room to room, the computers can be sued by several classes during the day, she said.

School Boards Association to meet

The Erie County Association of School Boards will hold its annual breakfast with local state legislators from 8:30 to 11 a.m. Saturday in Sheraton Four Points Hotel, Cheektowaga. Legislators will discuss school safety, state aid, school construction requirements, counseling for students and school governance.

Campaign for turn arrow pays off

A citizen campaign to get a turn arrow added to the traffic light at Harlem and Cayuga Creek roads in Cheektowaga has succeeded, Assemblyman Paul A. Tokasz, D-Cheektowaga, announced Tuesday.

The turn arrow that the state Department of Transportation will install will accommodate southbound traffic on Harlem turning left at Cayuga Creek Road, he said.

"After two years of writing and phoning the DOT to convey the very real safety issues at that intersection, motorists and residents have scored a victory," Tokasz said.

Tokasz said the William Street Taxpayers Association and Doyle Fire District played leading roles in the campaign for the turn arrow -- the taxpayers association by lobbying elected officials and the fire district by providing accident statistics.

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