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Classical association will hold event

Michael Cater, a classics professor at Brock University in St. Catharines, Ont., and Kerry S. Grant, University at Buffalo vice provost for academic affairs, will be featured speakers during the 38th annual Educational Institute of the Classical Association of the Empire State, today through Saturday.

"Bridges Into the Future" will be the theme of the event, which will draw about 60 teachers of Greek, Latin and ancient literature to the Buffalo Airport Radisson. At the hotel Friday evening, Cater will discuss the origins of human sacrifice. Grant will talk about classicism and the 1901 Pan-American Exposition at 2 p.m. Friday in the Buffalo and Erie County Historical Society.

In addition, classics professors and high school Latin teachers will discuss archaeology, ancient literature and pedagogy during the conference.

Akron makes its pitch for block grants

The Village of Akron will submit three applications for next year's federal community development block grants.

One is to rehabilitate the water line on Clarence Center Road from Buell Street to Hake Road, another to finish sidewalks in the village and the other to continue the new rural van service.

The three proposals were made at a public hearing last week before the Village Board.

Mayor Michael F. Charles said this year three projects approved for funding included installation of a new waterline on Bloomingdale Road, extension of sidewalks in the village, and a joint request with the towns of Clarence and Newstead for the rural van service.

The board also plans to review further some growing concerns expressed by Clinton Street residents about continuing problems with neighbors. Officials said the police department is aware of the situation and is continuing to monitor the area.

The mayor said the village needs more full-time police officers. "I have worked it in the budget and will be looking it over the next few months," he said. "Part-time police officers have been working over their allotted hours because we are understaffed."

Grant will aid first-time home buyers

The Federal Home Loan Bank has allocated a nearly $500,000 grant to the City of Tonawanda's Community Development Agency to aid low-income families who want to become first-time home buyers, Mayor Alice Roth announced this week.

The program and all mortgages will be administered in conjunction with Charter One Bank.

The program is extended only to single-family, owner-occupied dwellings and must be located in the City of Tonawanda. Income guidelines must also be met to qualify for the program, the property must be a HUD home or foreclosed-upon property, and buyers must meet the "first-time home buyer" qualifications defined by HUD.

A listing of HUD properties can be obtained by calling the assessor's office at 695-8638.

City officials said Community Development Agency staff will be responsible for qualifying potential buyers. The city's building inspector will handle inspections.

The program provides for up to $49,999 per client, with a portion for mortgage and another for renovation.

For information, call the Community Development Agency in Tonawanda at 695-8646.

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