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FORMER TEACHERS SOUGHT FOR BACK PAY

The Buffalo Public Schools and the Buffalo Teachers Federation are seeking addresses for about 250 former teachers who are due back pay funds but have not yet been located.

The retired teachers, who were on the payroll during 1990-94, have likely relocated, changed names or died, the district and union said. In the case of death, their estates are entitled to payments.

Any teachers who have not yet received an official notification of reward are urged to contact the BTF immediately.

More than 5,000 current and retired teachers are scheduled to receive back pay checks by July 20. The $73.5 million settlement will resolve a decadelong dispute between the BTF and the city.

VFW convention set for Adam's Mark

Nearly 1,000 people are expected when the Veterans of Foreign Wars and its Ladies Auxiliary hold their 82nd annual state convention in Adam's Mark Hotel from Wednesday through Sunday.

Opening ceremonies are scheduled for 1 p.m. Thursday with a massing of color guard units from all over the state. A memorial service will follow for deceased members.

State Commander Robert Seagraves of Hamburg, a member of the Harvey D. Morin Post 2940 of West Seneca, and Sharon M. Connolly of Carthage, state president of the auxiliary, will be honored at a testimonial dinner Thursday evening. Newly elected officers will be installed on Saturday.

Zoo offering Nature Camp scholarships

The Buffalo Zoo is offering a limited number of scholarships for its Nature Camp this summer.

Scholarships will be given to those who show a strong interest in the zoo and demonstrate financial need.

The camp will be held from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. weekdays in six weekly sessions from July 9 through Aug. 17. Each week will have a different theme. The fee for each child will be $130 per week, with a $15 discount for zoo members. Child care before and after camp will be available for an additional fee.

Further discounts are offered for multiple week enrollments and for families who register two or more children. For information and registration, call the zoo at 837-3900, Ext. 106.

Youth job fair planned for Wednesday

A youth job fair will be held from 3 to 6 p.m. Wednesday in the Friends to the Elderly Youth and Family Center, 118 East Utica St.

Young job seekers will be able to meet with employers who are recruiting for summer employment, internships and other job opportunities.

The job fair is an initiative organized by several community leaders, including Masten Council Member Antoine M. Thompson, National Inner-City Youth Opportunities and by area high school students.

Allentown about to heat up Thursdays

Allen Street businesses between Delaware Avenue and Franklin Street are starting up "Hot Thursdays on Allen." The Allen Street Dance Studio at 85 Allen St. will be a kick-off stop with a belly dancing class offered at 5:30 p.m. on Thursdays and a salsa class at 7:30 p.m. Thursdays.

ECC stadium now 'Jim Ball Stadium'

When Erie Community College fields its first football team this fall, all home games will be played at "Jim Ball Stadium" on ECC's South Campus, ECC officials confirmed Monday.

The Jim Ball Pontiac/Buick dealership was recently awarded exclusive naming rights for the stadium.

"We are looking at this as a partnership," said ECC President William J. Mariani.

A multiyear contract between the college and the auto dealership calls for a contribution of more than $200,000 over time from the dealership.

ECC trustees, in a special meeting Monday, amended the contract for the exclusive naming rights to agree with new terms and conditions for the size of the stadium scoreboard -- which will bear the Jim Ball name. Their vote on the amended contract was unanimous.

Jim Ball was among a number of local businesses that bid on exclusive naming rights for ECC's football stadium.

State adds recreation area in Hamburg

The Town of Hamburg will have a new recreation and wildlife refuge area as a result of the state's acquisition of a 56-acre parcel known as Hampton Brook Woods.

Gov. George E. Pataki announced the transaction Monday during ceremonies in Hamburg. The parcel includes 2,700 feet of shoreline along Eighteen Mile Creek and is near a portion of Hampton Brook Woods public green space already owned by the Town of Hamburg.

"Hampton Brook Woods offers magnificent scenic vistas from the bluffs and wonderful opportunities for families to enjoy the outdoors together," Pataki said. "It is rare to find such a natural gem so close to a metropolitan area, and we are pleased to be able to protect this property for future generations to enjoy."

Officials say the new acquisition allows opportunities for hiking, fishing and wildlife observation in a diverse forest with 31 species of trees and 35 species of birds.

Police to discuss traffic issues

Cheektowaga police will talk about traffic at the monthly meeting of the Depew/Cheektowaga Taxpayers Association at 7:30 p.m. Thursday in Bellevue Fire Hall, Como Park Boulevard and Bennett Road, Cheektowaga.

Officers will also take questions from the audience about neighborhood traffic problems, said Jane Wiercioch, association president.

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