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Forty-five students from the Buffalo Vocational Technical Center's allied health program were honored at a breakfast ceremony Monday for making quilts for children in the long-term care unit of Kaleida Health's Deaconess Center.

The breakfast was held in Emerson Commons, a Chippewa Street restaurant run by students from the Emerson School of Hospitality.

New service program has openings

A new program, Individual Services Environment, has openings to help people with developmental disabilities live on their own.

They will be given daily assistance with cooking, hygiene and other household activities.

The program is offered by Community Services, 452 Delaware Ave. For information, call 883-8888, Ext. 143.

Canine CPR class will be held

Lifesaving techniques for pet owners, dog groomers and pet sitters will be demonstrated during a 90-minute canine cardiopulmonary resuscitation class Sunday.

The class will start at 2 p.m. in Dog Days of Buffalo, 982 Elmwood Ave. at Bidwell Parkway.

Canine CPR will be demonstrated, and certificates will be issued to those passing a test. Those who have saved dogs' lives will describe the emergency situations and how they were handled.

The course will be repeated on the first Sunday of March, April and May. To register for the $10 class, call 886-3647. Do not bring your dog to the class.

Summer program proposals sought

Erie County's Department of Youth Services is accepting program proposals for the Summer Prime Time Program in 2001.

The program, for at-risk youths ages 10 to 18, covers 10 weeks in the summer when school is not in session and offers children and teenagers a safe haven and recreation opportunities, county officials said.

Types of applications being sought include agencies that can provide services Monday through Saturday from noon to 9 p.m.

Applications are also being sought from agencies that can provide adjunct services to a Prime Time site.

Applications will be distributed from Monday to March 2 at the county's Department of Youth Services, Room 515, 134 W. Eagle St. The deadline for proposals is March 23.

For more information, call 858-8110 or 858-6801.

Global education program planned

The International Hands Across the Sea Festival, a global education program for children, will be held from 2 to 3:30 p.m. Feb. 24 in the Buffalo & Erie County Central Public Library in Lafayette Square.

The event will be sponsored by Buffalo-Niagara WorldConnect in cooperation with Citigroup Foundation. The program, intended for children 5 to 12 years old who participate in the Saturday afternoon children's fun group, will include international cuisine, live performances and international crafts.

For details and reservations, call Amy J. Moore at 852-6406.

Dooleys to perform at church benefit

The Dooleys, a local folk-rock-jazz group, will give a benefit performance at 7 p.m. Feb. 24 in St. Lawrence Catholic Church, 1520 E. Delavan Ave.

Proceeds from the concert will go to the church's Jubilee Elevator Fund, an $84,000 effort to make parish facilities accessible to people with physical disabilities. Tickets are $5 for adults and $3 for seniors and students.

Along with the music, Louisiana-style Cajun food items will be available. They will be prepared by the pastor, the Rev. Paul D. Seil, who spent some time in a New Orleans parish.

Optimism voiced on police pact

Village of Lancaster officials are optimistic that a new one-year contract will be struck soon with the village Police Department as discussions of a possible merger with Town of Lancaster police move forward.

The contract, which would run from June 1, 2001, to May 31, 2002, would bridge the gap for the Police Department while consolidation talks move forward. Mayor William G. Cansdale Jr. said the ongoing discussions between the village and police officials are proceeding "very well."

Meanwhile, representatives from the Division of Criminal Justice Services in Albany met with police from the village and from the town earlier this month to conduct their own study into the feasibility of the police merger.

Lancaster Village Police Chief Gary Stoldt said he expects to receive a report back from the state within about four to six weeks. From there, the state recommendations will be used by both municipalities to determine whether or how to proceed with the merger, the chief said.

Batterson to head Tonawanda schools

George Batterson will be named the new superintendent of the Tonawanda City School District at today's meeting of the School Board, district officials said.

Batterson, an educator with more than 30 years' experience, currently serves as the superintendent of the Clyde-Savannah School District in Clyde, a position he has held for five years. He will assume the Tonawandas superintendency on July 1 and will be paid a $115,000 a year.

Board member Anthony Melchiorre said Batterson was chosen from approximately 25 applicants and met with administration, board members and focus groups comprised of parents, students, teachers and staff.

"From across the board, he had support across all focus groups," Melchiorre said.

A native of Western New York, Batterson earned his doctorate from the University at Buffalo and began teaching in 1969.

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