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WORK ON HARLEM ROAD SET TO BEGIN

The state Department of Transportation is scheduled to resurface and restripe a section of Harlem Road between Cleveland Drive and Wehrle Drive in Cheektowaga and Amherst today and Friday.

When it is finished, this section of Harlem will have three lanes -- one traffic lane in each direction and a center lane for left turns.

Assemblyman Jim Hayes, R-Amherst, praised the department for changing the traffic pattern in response to a request from a community group, the Harlem-Kensington-Cleveland Task Force.

Capital spending limit to be considered

Erie County legislators will consider a measure that would call on County Executive Joel A. Giambra to establish a cap on annual capital spending by the county.

Legislator Lynn M. Marinelli, D-Town of Tonawanda, is sponsoring the measure because requests for capital funding in the county are upwards of $150 million for 2002.

"Under the former administration, there was a self-imposed cap of up to $30 million per year," said Marinelli, who serves on the county's Development Coordination Board and Capital Projects Committee. "It is very difficult to make recommendations on capital projects without having a cap on what the county can afford to spend."

Marinelli said keeping a lid on capital spending is especially important after three consecutive years of property-tax cuts in Erie County. She said she has detailed her proposals in a letter to Giambra. At least eight legislators have signed on as co-sponsors of the resolution.

St. Mary's High gets library grant

St. Mary's High School in Lancaster has received a $1,000 grant from the National Home Library Foundation to update the school's media center.

Keith Kidder, media center specialist at the school, said the money will be used to purchase books and an encyclopedia.

Walk for lupus expected to draw 900

About 900 people are expected to take part as the Lupus Foundation of Western New York holds its sixth annual walk-along starting at 9 a.m. Sunday in Como Lake Park, Lancaster. Proceeds will be used for research and educational and support services for lupus patients and their families.

The conclusion of the walk will feature live entertainment, music and a free lunch from Outback Steakhouse. For information, call 835-7161.

Classic cars will be on view Sunday

The annual Classic Car Show and Cow Chip Bingo will be held Sunday at St. Mary's School, 142 Laverack Ave., Lancaster.

Sponsored by the alumni association, the events will take place rain or shine on the school grounds from noon to 4 p.m. Eighty awards will be presented to car owners, and the bingo games will have four $100 prizes and a $1,000 grand prize.

Brooks' new painting causes stir

West Seneca artist Fran Brooks, whose Christmas paintings, especially "Weeping Santa," have developed a following, said her latest work, "The Way Home," caused a stir when she exhibited it for the first time last weekend in Orchard Park.

The painting features a concrete statue of the Holy Family in the middle of a big city, and several viewers asked her if it was Manhattan.

"It was really ironic in light of the terrorist attack, because I've never done a city before," she said. "People asked me if it was deliberate, but I started the painting last January."

Counselors group plans College Night

The Southern Erie County Counselors Association will hold College Night at 7 p.m. Tuesday in the Hafner Recreation Center of Hilbert College in Hamburg.

Sponsored by several Southtowns high schools and Erie 2 Board of Cooperative Educational Services, the event will make available information about some 115 participating colleges throughout New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania and New England.

Financial aid workshops will also be held at 7:40 p.m. in the Campus Center. For information, contact a local high school guidance counselor or call Kathleen Parker, Hilbert admissions counselor, at 649-7900, Ext. 212.

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