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START OF HOPKINS RD. REPAVING AWAITED

Erie County officials hope to begin repaving Hopkins Road from Klein Road to Millersport Highway starting in late October, according to County Legislator Barry A. Weinstein, R-Amherst. The project was delayed recently when federal highway officials, who are providing most of the funds, asked to review the plans, Weinstein said.

Officials hope to complete the project before the end of the year, weather permitting.

Niagara U sets first fall production

LEWISTON -- Niagara University's first student production of the fall semester, "The Last Night of Ballyhoo," will go on stage Friday through Sunday.

The play, set in 1939, portrays a family that gets pulled apart and mended together with comedy, romance and revelations along the way.

The production opens at 8 p.m. Friday in Niagara University-at-the-Church, 415 Plain St. Other performances are scheduled for 8 p.m. Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday.

Tickets are $10 for the general public and $8 for senior citizens. For more information, go to the box office in the Dwyer Arena on the Niagara University campus or call 286-8622.

Amherst GOP to hold annual dinner

Christopher Ruddy, editor and president of NewsMax.com, will serve as keynote speaker for the 22nd annual Amherst Republican Committee dinner Saturday.

Ruddy, an author and frequent guest on television talk shows, will address the media's relations with President Bush.

Several local Republicans are slated to receive awards at the event, which begins at 6 p.m. in the Radisson Hotel ballroom, 4243 Genesee St., Cheektowaga.

Journey's End group changes name

Journey's End Resettlement Services is changing its name to Journey's End Refugee Services, effective immediately.

The offices of Journey's End are located at 184 Barton St.

Since 1987, Journey's End has helped more than 1,300 refugees from Europe, Southeast Asia, the Middle East, Africa, Cuba and Haiti move from the despair of refugee camps to Buffalo.

The agency is an affiliate office of Church World Service and Episcopal Migration Ministries.

Christian College Fair planned

Nearly 30 Christian colleges from across the nation will be represented at the Northeast Christian College Fair on Oct. 10 in Christian Central Academy, 39 Academy St., Williamsville.

The fair will run from 7 to 9 p.m. and will feature opportunities for parents and students to speak to admission officers, view college displays and pick up important college-planning materials. There also will be a seminar on financial aid at 7:45 p.m.

For information, call (800) 777-2556.

Work force seminar to be held

NIAGARA FALLS -- A seminar to inform local manufacturers about state programs to help them train or upgrade their work forces is scheduled from 8 to 11 a.m. Sept. 26 in Best Western Inn on the River, 7001 Buffalo Ave.

The deadline is Tuesday to reserve space at the free event, sponsored by the Niagara County Work Force Investment Board. The event is limited to the first 150 registrants.

State Sen. George D. Maziarz, R-North Tonawanda, will be the keynote speaker. Other presenters will discuss state programs, including Empire Zones, tax credits and hiring assistance.

The number to call for reservations is 278-8148.

Elma Historical Society meets Oct. 8

The Elma Historical Society will meet at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 8 in Elma Community Center, 3007 Bowen Road. Daria Richter will speak on the history of aviation in Western New York.

Membership tea, craft show planned

The Elma Home Bureau will hold its annual membership tea and craft show at 7:30 p.m. Sept. 27 in Elma United Methodist Church, 2991 Bowen Road. New members are welcome.

Theme basket and auction planned

A theme basket and ticket auction will be held beginning at 6 p.m. Sept. 28 in the auditorium of St. Vincent de Paul School, Seneca Street and Rice Road, Elma.

Doors will open at 6 pm.

Elma Public Library sets book sale

Elma Public Library will hold its inaugural book sale from 3 to 8 p.m. Sept. 27 and 28 in Elma Senior Center, 3007 Bowen Road. Donations may be made at Elma Library, Rice and Bowen roads, or at Jack Coy's State Farm Insurance office, Elma Village Plaza, Bowen Road.

Vigil planned at Hamburg Town Hall

A candlelight vigil in the wake of last week's terrorist attacks will be held at 8 p.m. Tuesday on the front lawn of Hamburg Town Hall.

The event, which is open to the public, is sponsored by the Town of Hamburg.

Southtowns memorial service set

A Southtowns community memorial service remembering the terrorist victims will be held at 8 p.m. Wednesday in the Orchard Park High School auditorium, immediately followed by a candlelight vigil.

Orchard Park funeral director Timothy J. Gardner, owner of F.E. Brown Sons Funeral Home, spearheaded the service, which he will help lead. The service is open to the public and to all religious denominations.

Bagpipe music will be included as part of the ceremony. The school is at 4040 Baker Road.

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