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NIAGARA FALLS -- Richard J. Witkowski, 2001 general campaign chairman for the United Way of Niagara, said Tuesday that 80.1 percent of the $1.15 million goal for the year has been reached.

The $920,680 has been raised so far in the seventh week of the eight week campaign. Donations to the United Way of Niagara will go to benefit 17 member agencies which provide over 50 specialized programs and services.

Wheatfield board reschedules meetings

WHEATFIELD -- The Wheatfield Town Board's November meetings have been rescheduled. Typically held on the first and third Monday, the meeting dates were changed to accommodate the holidays during the month and hunting season, officials said.

The first regular meeting will be Nov. 8, beginning with a public hearing on the proposed 2002 budget at 7 p.m. The second meeting, which includes a workshop discussion, will be Nov. 26 at 7 p.m.

Benefit planned to promote fire safety

NIAGARA FALLS -- Western New York firefighters will be honored Friday night for service to their communities at an event sponsored by National SAFE (Smoke Alarms for Every) Home Foundation.

Food, music, dancing, prizes and raffles are planned to benefit Children's Fire and Burn Fund, which supports the foundation's efforts to educate residents to prevent fire and burn tragedies.

The event will take place from 8 p.m. to midnight at Frontier Fire Hall, 2176 Liberty Drive, Niagara Falls, which is off River or Williams roads near Summit Park Mall. Cost is $10 per ticket.

Tickets are available through the foundation or at the door.

NCCC board to discuss enrollment

SANBORN -- The Niagara County Community College Board of Trustees will meet at 5 p.m. today to discuss, in part, the college's enrollment.

Thomas J. Quatroche Jr., dean of marketing and enrollment management, said that he will be reporting on enrollment at the meeting.

Other topics which may be discussed include institutional effectiveness measures, accepting three new grants and an update of the college's master plan.

The meeting will take place in the Notar Administration Building.

Education expert to speak at college

Vincent Tinto, a national expert on student retention and the educational concept of "learning communities," will speak Thursday at Buffalo State College.

His 12:15 p.m. presentation, "Learning Communities: Reconstructing Student Learning," will take place in the Performing Arts Center on the college's Elmwood Avenue campus. It will be free to the public.

Tinto, distinguished university professor and chairman of the higher education department at Syracuse University, has conducted research and written extensively on higher education. His work on student attrition is considered benchmark.

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