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COUNTY MAY OFFER INSURANCE CHECKOFF

LOCKPORT -- Niagara County may offer its employees the opportunity to have homeowner's and auto insurance premiums deducted from their paychecks.

This week, the County Legislature's Human Resources Committee agreed to let Liberty Mutual Insurance survey county employees to see if they'd be interested in buying the company's auto and homeowner's policies through a payroll deduction.

Human Resources Director Bruce R. Fenwick called it "a no-cost benefit we could offer." But Committee Chairman Malcolm A. Needler, R-North Tonawanda, said setting up the deduction wouldn't be free for the county payroll office. "I'd only like to get into this if there is a significant number of people (interested)," Needler said.

Fenwick said he didn't know how many workers Liberty Mutual would need to sign up to make the offer worthwhile.

On another topic, the committee agreed to a $5,200-a-year stipend for environmental planner Edmund P. Sullivan on top of his nearly $39,000 annual salary, because he also is carrying out the duties of brownfields coordinator. The payment will have to be approved by the Civil Service Employees Association, Sullivan's union.

Niagara United Way at 64% of goal

NIAGARA FALLS -- Donations to the United Way of Niagara have reached 64 percent of the goal for the 2001 general campaign, the organization announced Tuesday.

So far, $736,442 has been raised, said general campaign Chairman Richard J. Witkowski. This year's goal is $1.15 million.

Any donation made to the United Way of Niagara will go to benefit 17 member agencies, which provide more than 50 specialized programs to Niagara County residents in need.

For information, visit www.unitedwayniag.org or call 285-8461.

Richfield Street set to open

LOCKPORT -- Opening ceremonies are set for 9:30 a.m. Thursday for the reconstructed Richfield Street.

The street is now the only one in the city with concrete gutters, according to Jerry Sullivan, assistant director of engineering.

Master's Edge of Buffalo constructed the 24-foot-wide concrete street at a cost of $275,215. Yarussi Construction of Niagara Falls installed storm sewers and an extended water line for $93,565.

Property owners on the dead-end street petitioned the city for the improvements. Under terms of the City Charter, those property owners will be taxed extra to cover two-thirds of the cost, while the city will pay the rest.

Cambria readies Halloween party

CAMBRIA -- A townwide Halloween party will be held at 6 p.m. Friday in the Cambria Volunteer Fire Company hall, 4631 Cambria-Wilson Road.

All children in the town are eligible to dress up and come to the fire hall for safe trick-or-treating, games and refreshments. The party is being organized by the fire company.

Groundbreaking Nov. 3 at Starpoint

PENDLETON -- A groundbreaking ceremony to mark the beginning of a $57 million capital project for Starpoint Central Schools will be held at 11 a.m. Nov. 3 in front of the high school, 4363 Mapleton Road.

Superintendent C. Douglas Whelan said construction has already begun on the project, which is expected to be completed in August 2003.

Crafters invited to Christkindl Market

WHEATFIELD -- Crafters are invited to participate in Holy Ghost Lutheran School's German Christkindl Market on Dec. 1.

Reservations for tables must be made by Sunday by contacting Diane Stoelting at the church and school, 6630 Luther St. in Bergholz, 731-3030.

Christkindl Market or Child Market is a festive event offered as Bergholz's version of a Christmas market.

Included will be a Christmas craft show, a silent auction, book fair, refreshments, a Santa's Workshop where children can buy inexpensive Christmas gifts, as well as an opportunity to tour the German Heritage Museum, which will be trimmed with authentic decorations and toys from the 1890s.

The traditional Christmas market dates back to the 16th century, when craftsmen erected stalls in the heart of German cities with food, drink and entertainment to meet the demand for purchasing presents after Martin Luther set the trend of giving presents to children at Christmas in 1545.

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