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FREE ELECTRONIC TAX FILING PROVIDED

NIAGARA FALLS -- Mount St. Mary's Neighborhood Health Center and members of the Mount St. Mary's Hospital and Health Center finance department have teamed up to provide free electronic tax filing for the community.

The free service is being offered at the Mount St. Mary's Neighborhood Health Center in the Niagara Falls Housing Authority Family Resource Building, 3003 Ninth St.

Taxpayers are asked to bring with them all income statements, original Social Security cards and picture identification. In the case of married couples filing jointly, picture identification is needed for both spouses. If a child care credit is being claimed, the name, address and identifying number of the child care provider is needed. Those who wish their refunds deposited directly in a bank account should bring the account number.

To schedule an appointment, call 284-8917.

Council committee chairmen named

NORTH TONAWANDA -- North Tonawanda Common Council President Catherine G. Schwandt has named City Council committee members to five committees, reduced from 13 total panels in previous years.

Schwandt will be chairwoman of the new Ways and Means Committee, which will oversee the offices of city treasurer, accountant, attorney, assessor, and House and Policy committee and Labor Management. She named alderman Daniel R. Rey as committee co-chairman.

Named chairman of the Public Works Committee, which includes the city engineer's office, is Michael P. Carney. Co-chairman is Phillip Russell Rizzo.

Alderwoman Pamela A. Hogan heads the Public Safety Committee (police, fire and emergency management) with Carney as co-chairman.

Rey is chairman of the Recreation Committee, with Schwandt as co-chairwoman. The committee oversees city recreation, parks, senior citizens programs and Deerwood Municipal Golf Course.

Rizzo heads the Utilities Committee with Hogan as co-chairwoman. This committee oversees the water and wastewater departments.

Video project grants available

LOCKPORT -- The New York State Council on the Arts, Niagara Council of the Arts and Lockport Community Cable Commission will provide video production grants for video projects of Niagara County regional, social, historical or cultural interests.

The purpose of the grant program is to promote the production of nontraditional video projects relating to Western New York, making use of the opportunities offered through access to cable television.

Applicants must include descriptions of proposed projects, detailed budgets, experience and work samples in their application requests. Grant awards will be based on the artistic merit of the projects and the interest of the subject matter to the people of Western New York. The maximum grant amount is $2,500, with a total of $14,000 to be awarded.

The application deadline is March 31.

For more information or an application, contact Carl Schifano at 284-6188 or Greg Larson at 434-1733.

Summer-job applications accepted

NORTH TONAWANDA -- The North Tonawanda Department of Youth, Recreation and Parks is accepting applications for summer seasonal positions through March 30.

Jerry Whitehead, director, said employment opportunities exist in program areas such as playgrounds, sports, lifeguarding, the Youth Center, Deerwood Golf Course and the Program for People With Special Needs. Positions also are available in each of the department's maintenance divisions.

Applicants must be North Tonawanda residents and at least 16 years old by May 1. Information on positions and rates of pay is available at the Col. Payne Community Center, 460 Wheatfield Street.

Easter egg hunt poster contest set

NORTH TONAWANDA -- The North Tonawanda Recreation Department is sponsoring a poster contest for North Tonawanda children age 4 through grade 5 to promote this year's Easter egg hunt.

Posters can be done with markers, crayons, colored pencils or paint and must not exceed 11 by 17 inches. The child's name, age, school and teacher must be indicated on the back of the poster. The date, time and location of the Easter egg hunt are not required on the poster design.

Contest entries must be submitted to the Recreation Department, 460 Wheatfield St., North Tonawanda, by Feb. 28.

The winning poster will be displayed in North Tonawanda. The winning artist and two runners-up will receive a T-shirt and an Easter basket filled with prizes.

Lockport School Board meets tonight

LOCKPORT -- The Lockport School Board will hold a special meeting at 7 p.m. today in the Board of Education meeting room, 130 Beattie Ave.

The budget calendar for the recently adopted $60.3 million 2001-2002 budget had been on the agenda for a work session Monday that was canceled due to illness.

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