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LOCKPORT BUDGET HEARING SET WEDNESDAY

LOCKPORT -- The Common Council will hold a public hearing at 7 p.m. Wednesday on the city's proposed $24.32 million budget for 2002, which includes a tax levy increase of more than 17 percent.

City Clerk and Budget Director Richard P. Mullaney will make a presentation on the budget before comments are taken from the audience.

The budget as presented to the Council by Mayor Thomas C. Sullivan raised total spending 4.98 percent over this year's budget.

However, Alderman Sean M. Smith said Sunday, "Over the weekend we informally agreed to cut $20,000 out of repairs for the parking ramp and $20,000 out the money scheduled for demolitions. The mayor put in $30,000 for that."

During budget work sessions last week, the Council trimmed $62,575 out of the general fund. Smith said the cuts included $40,000 allotted for buyouts of Police Department retirees, $15,000 in police equipment, $5,000 for outside legal expenses, and $2,500 from the mayor's budget to pay the costs of applying for grants.

"The mayor said that with the tragedy in New York City, grants will probably be hard to come by next year," Smith said. "He encouraged us to take that out."

The Council must adopt the budget at its Oct. 3 meeting. A work session is slated for 7 p.m. today. A schedule for further sessions is to be determined.

Memorial to terror victims planned

SANBORN -- A ceremony memorializing the victims of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks and saluting the recovery workers and their families is scheduled for 6 p.m. Thursday in the Niagara County Community College Fine Arts Auditorium.

The public event will feature a long list of political leaders, clergymen, including a Muslim imam, and local military and law enforcement representatives.

Music will be performed by NCCC professor Paul Ferington, Connie Banks and Malcolm Wilson of The Joshua Generation.

Forum set for Alzheimer's caregivers

NIAGARA FALLS -- A conference for caregivers of those with Alzheimer's disease is planned for 8:30 a.m. to noon Oct. 6 in the Best Western Inn on the River, 7001 Buffalo Ave.

Donna M. Czarniecki of Dent Neurologic Group will give an overview of Alzheimer's diagnosis and treatment for families of sufferers. Also, the improvisational Playback Theatre of Buffalo will depict the stories told by caregivers in the audience.

This is the second annual conference sponsored by the Western New York chapter of the Alzheimer's Association. It is free for association members. All others will be charged $5. Reservations are required by calling 656-8448.

Program to profile Secret Service

LOCKPORT -- A program exploring the duties of the U.S. Secret Service will be offered at 7:30 p.m. Thursday in the Niagara County Historical Society museum, 215 Niagara St.

Retired Secret Service agent James Highet will speak on "What Is the Secret Service?" He will explain that protecting the president and other high officials is only one of the jobs the agency is assigned.

Highet's talk is free and open to the public.

Red Cross invites volunteers

NIAGARA FALLS -- The Niagara Falls Chapter of the American Red Cross will hold an orientation for new and prospective volunteers from 9 to 11 a.m. Saturday at 719 Ashland Ave.

The orientation will outline the many roles of volunteers, who are especially needed for emergency response, instructing baby sitter training courses, and working as blood aides, hospital aides and armed forces duty workers.

Refreshments will be served.

Free legal aid for mental patients

LOCKPORT -- Client Advocacy Service is offering free legal assistance for mental health patients who meet qualifications.

A lawyer will be available from 9 a.m. to noon Oct. 1 at 36 Pine St. to assist clients with various legal needs or questions. For information and an appointment, call 433-3780.

Client Advocacy Service is sponsored by the Mental Health Association in Niagara County, which works with public and nonprofit agencies to protect the rights of mental health patients.

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