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A program on energy safety and conservation will be presented at a meeting of the Depew-Cheektowaga Taxpayers Association at 7:30 p.m. Thursday in the Bellevue Fire Hall on Como Park Boulevard.

Charlotte Viscio of National Fuel's communication department will be on hand to discuss safety and conservation, as well as energy assistance.

The public is welcome.

JFK High gets ice cream machine

It was like an early Christmas for the John F. Kennedy High School students in attendance at the Cheektowaga-Sloan School Board meeting Tuesday night. The board approved installation of an ice cream vending machine in the cafeteria.

Cheers went up from the rows of teenagers after the board's unanimous vote. The students were actually there to fulfill a class project but perked up at the news that ice cream confections would soon be part of their dietary curriculum.

The Parent-Teacher Organization requested that the Perry's vending machine be installed, with a portion of the proceeds benefiting the PTO. The school currently receives a commission from soft-drink sales as part of its exclusive deal with Coke.

But board members said more dietary products may soon be on the way.

"We've been getting a considerable number of letters suggesting that we consider adding a milk vending machine as a good alternative to the soft drinks that are available," said board President Edward Bednarczyk.

Used musical instruments sought

Music boosters and the West Seneca District Parent Council are looking for used but usable musical instruments for the schools.

Community members wishing to donate old instruments can bring them to West Elementary School, 1397 Orchard Park Road, from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Dec. 20 and from 9 a.m. to noon Dec. 21.

"We have a tremendous number of students involved in the elementary music program," Superintendent James K. Brotz said. "It's always a challenge for students to get instruments."

The donated instruments are to be repaired and put into use.

Tickets are gone for 'Tops in Blue'

NIAGARA FALLS -- Tickets for this year's "Tops in Blue" Air Force show, to be held at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday in Niagara University's Gallagher Center, were all snapped up in two hours.

"Hundreds of people lined up at City Hall when the free tickets were handed out Monday, and they all went," said Neil E. Nolf, public affairs officer at the Niagara Falls Air Reserve Station.

Active duty and reserve troops from Air Force bases nationwide make up the more than 30 singers, dancers and musicians in the traveling road show.

The Niagara base is home to the 914th Tactical Airlift Wing, the 107th Air Refueling Wing and the 865th Army Reserve Combat Support Hospital.

The base is not fielding any performers this year, but one of the lead singers will be Kristin L. Gwitt, an Air Force personnel specialist from Eden. The daughter of Edward and Kathleen Gwitt, she is expected to draw many hometown friends and family to the show, Nolf noted.

Members of the Air Force troupe, which has made stopovers in Niagara Falls for more than 25 years, perform year-round before their fellow troops overseas.

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