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LOCKPORT -- The Niagara County Environmental Management Council is seeking applications for vacancies in its membership for the 2002-03 term.

The 25-member unsalaried board gathers environmental information, makes policy recommendations to the county and municipal governments and maintains an index of all open space and wetlands in the county.

The board meets once a month and also has committees to which members are expected to devote some time. No environmental education is needed, although an interest in the topic is a must.

The County Legislature is expected to appoint the new board members in January. Those interested should send a letter to the Environmental Management Council, care of Karen Sanacore, 59 Park Ave., Lockport, N.Y. 14094.

Workshops on job-searching skills set

NIAGARA FALLS -- Counselors at the Everywoman Opportunity Center will hold a series of workshops on job-searching skills called Job Search 101: For Women, from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday.

The classes, to take place in Everywoman Opportunity Center, 1316 Main St., are free and open to women who are divorced, widowed or separated, or women who have a spouse who is disabled or unemployed. The program is also open to women on public assistance and to low-income women with minor children.

Call 282-8472 to register for the workshops.

Women to pay tribute to falls pioneer

NIAGARA FALLS -- "The word-of-mouth women of Western New York" will celebrate a woman who never received the recognition she deserved for being the first person ever to try to succeed in taking a plunge over the falls in a barrel.

At 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, women from many walks of life will gather at the Rapids View Entrance to Niagara Falls State Park. With candlelight and music, the women plan to join to read a poem for Annie Taylor, a poor 63-year-old former teacher who was the first to take the plunge but never financially gained from the stunt.

After the ceremony, the group will gather in the loft of the Book Corner, 1801 Main St., where Joan Murray will read from her work "Queen of the Mist: the Forgotten Heroine of Niagara." Refreshments will be served.

The event is sponsored by Just Buffalo Literary Center and organized by "the word-of-mouth women of Western New York."

Celtic music groups to perform

LEWISTON -- Three Celtic musical groups will perform starting at 7 p.m. Wednesday in Riverside Inn, 115 S. Water St., to raise money for a shelter for runaway and homeless youth.

The event is the third annual Beer and Jeans Night, hosted by the Lewiston-Queenston Rotary Club on behalf of Casey House, the county's only youth shelter, which is operated by Family and Children's Service of Niagara.

Performers on the schedule are Heirloom, Sticky Wicket and Tomasina.

Admission is $10. Tickets are available by calling Family and Children's Service at 285-6984 or the Lewiston-Queenston Rotary Club at 745-7199.

Baptist missionary group convening

NIAGARA FALLS -- The 106th annual Empire Baptist Missionary Convention is expected to bring 2,000 delegates and guests here this week.

The five-day event begins at 7 p.m. today in the headquarters hotel, the Holiday Inn Select, 300 Third St. The first activity is the "welcoming musical," featuring performances by the choir of the host congregation, Trinity Baptist Church.

The state marshal of the convention, Deacon Ted F. Cook, said the statewide group represents seven state missionary organizations and 410 churches.

The convention is expected to pump about $1 million into the local economy, according to Cook. Most of the worship services and other sessions will be held in the Holiday Inn Select, although delegates will be staying in several hotels in the city.

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