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Volunteer efforts and community support have helped bring little league football back to the Akron area.

League officials, who are organizing fund-raising events, said Sunday that everyone in the community, from businesses, organizations and individuals to various clubs, has been extremely supportive.

Whiting Roll Up Door, the Akron Lions Club and the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post have contributed to the league so far, which has raised more than $500. In addition to trying to raise money from the private sector, the league's board of directors will also ask the county and state to lend support. Start-up costs are estimated at $20,000.

The league, part of the Niagara Orleans Football Association, will offer an eight-game season. All the head coaches will be certified through the National Youth Sports Coaches Association, officials said, "to ensure that the kids get the best possible coaching."

2-on-2 basketball tourney on tap

The Town of Tonawanda Police Department will hold its eighth annual 2-on-2 basketball tournament at 10 a.m. March 17 at the Parkside Village Community Center, 169 Sheridan Parkside Drive.

The tournament also is sponsored by the town's police club and its Youth, Parks and Recreation Department. It is organized through local community policing satellite offices.

The tournament is open to all town youths in grades 6 to 12. There is no charge for registration. Teams are picked at random the morning of the tournament.

Players receive a T-shirt and a post-tournament pizza party. Prizes will be awarded.

For information, call the department's Community Services Bureau at 879-6639 or 879-6645, or stop by the police satellite office in the Parkside Community Center.

W. Seneca Democrats seek candidates

The West Seneca Democratic Committee is accepting applications from town residents interested in running for two Town Board seats, town justice or receiver of taxes.

Anyone interested should contact West Seneca Democratic Chairman William Bond, 121 Elmsford Drive, West Seneca.

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