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NIAGARA FALLS -- American Legion posts and members of the Veterans of Foreign Wars across Niagara County will hold a candlelight vigil for victims of last week's terrorist attacks and their families at 6 p.m. Wednesday in the Hyde Park Oasis Pavilion.

A prayer service will also be conducted. Barrels for donations to assist relief efforts will be placed at various locations in the pavilion. All citizens of Niagara County are being encouraged to attend and bring candles. Dorothy Harris, president of the Ladies Auxiliary of the John J. Welch American Legion Post 381, said American flags will be provided to those who make a donation to the disaster relief fund.

Paving begins today on Route 31A

SHELBY -- The paving of Route 31A in the Town of Shelby in Orleans County begins today, with one-way alternating lanes directed by workers with flags.

The 3.5-mile stretch is from Route 63 to Countyhouse Road. Work is to be completed by Sept. 28.

Niagara Hospice plans children's social

LOCKPORT -- An ice cream social will be held from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Oct. 4 in the Niagara Hospice service center, 4675 Sunset Drive.

The event is a reunion for 36 children from across Western New York who are the first graduates of Camp Hope, a bereavement camp for children. The Circle of Hope Center at Niagara Hospice presented its first weekend bereavement camp for children Aug. 17-19 at the Niagara Bible Conference campground in Olcott.

"Children who have lost a loved through death have special needs to enable them express their grief in helpful ways," said Lori Pusateri, Camp Hope director.

The camp is designed for grieving children ages 8 to 13. During the camp weekend, they learn healthy ways to express their grief and participate in numerous social, artistic and recreational activities that include toasting s'mores around the campfire, swimming and playing volleyball.

Also attending the reunion will be camp counselors and volunteers.

NCCC plans job fair Thursday

SANBORN -- Niagara County Community College's Employment Opportunities Center will hold a job fair from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Thursday in the main cafeteria of the college, 3111 Saunders Settlement Road.

The job fair is free. Those attending are urged to bring resumes and cover letters.

Companies represented will include Action Employment Agency, Avon Products, Ciminelli Construction, Computemps, Erie County Medical Center, Fairchild Manor Nursing Home, Family and Children's Services of Niagara, Joseph Davis Companies, Mount St. Mary's Long Term Care Facility, Newfane Rehabilitation and Health Care Center and Parmed Pharmaceuticals.

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