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Kuryak makes case for private plows

Lackawanna Mayor John J. Kuryak is taking his case to the people in the continuing battle with the City Council over snowplowing.

In a three-page letter scheduled to be published in this week's Front Page weekly newspaper, Kuryak lays out his case for why more plowing should be turned over to private contractors, saying it will be more efficient and save money.

He asks residents to call Council members and ask them to reconsider. An exception is Third Ward Councilman Chuck Jaworski, who supports the mayor's plan.

Council President Norman Polanski, told of the letter Monday, said Kuryak is within his rights. He and Kuryak got into a shouting match when the matter was debated at the Nov. 18 Council meeting. Kuryak "was out of control" at the meeting, Polanski said Monday.

Soup kitchen wins state grant

Assemblyman Sam Hoyt, D-Buffalo, presented a $10,000 state grant Monday to Friends of Night People.

The grant, announced during a new conference, was part of the kick-off to the West Side soup kitchen's "Thanksgiving Action Against Hunger." The annual year-end appeal is designed to raise awareness and support for the non-profit organization.

Junior League offers 2 scholarships

The Junior League of Buffalo has announced that applications will soon be available for two $2,000 scholarships for volunteerism that will be awarded to female high school seniors who will attend college in the fall.

Applications for the Janice Worobec/Junior League scholarships will be sent to guidance offices of local high schools in early December, and also will be available at Junior League headquarters, 45 Elmwood Ave., or at Completed applications are due by Feb. 3.

Blood centers open Thanksgiving

Anticipating a seasonal 10 percent drop in blood donations, American Red Cross Blood Donation Centers will be open over the long holiday weekend, including three that will be open from 7 a.m. to noon on Thanksgiving.

The City of Tonawanda, Williamsville and Depew sites will be open Thursday. Other sites will be open Friday and Saturday. Appointments can be made by calling (800) 448-3543.

Lawmakers fail to act on manager

LOCKPORT -- The search for Niagara County's first county manager has gone into overtime.

Legislator Kyle R. Andrews, chairman of the County Legislature's Administration Committee, had said he expected to recommend a choice to the full Legislature by Thanksgiving.

But after a 45-minute closed-door session Monday, the committee adjourned until Dec. 3, the night of the next full Legislature meeting, without voting on a candidate.

Sheila K. Kee, former chief executive officer of Erie County Medical Center, had been the highest-rated candidate by the search committee, The Buffalo News learned last week.

But legislators who spoke on condition of anonymity also said Kee withdrew from consideration last week, in part because of a reluctance to move to Niagara County, as the manager would be required to do.

The other candidates are Samuel F. Iraci Jr., a former Buffalo deputy mayor who has been Elmira city manager since 1994; Scott A. Schrader, Montgomery County administrator; and John C. Merino of Lewiston, former executive director of Neighborhood Housing Services of Niagara Falls.

League of Women Voters honored

The League of Women Voters of Buffalo/Niagara has been honored by the American Planning Association for its 2001 Education Campaign on Urban Sprawl.

The association has selected the league for its national planning award and "is extremely selective" in bestowing the honor, according to Michael J. Krasner, president of the Upstate Chapter. The campaign was deemed a model program by the national jury of the planning association, he said.

Pageant is accepting applications

Young women interested in becoming Miss Buffalo 2003 have until Dec. 13 to apply for the competition. Prizes include more than $38,000 in scholarships.

The competition is open to women who are 17 to 24 years old and full-time students in Erie County. The winner will participate in the Miss New York State event and, if she wins that, Miss America.

There is no entry or sponsorship fee and information on applications can be found at the pageant Web site,

The competition, limited to 20 contestants, will be held at noon Jan. 26 in Rockwell Hall, Buffalo State College, 1300 Elmwood Ave.

Maryvale board OKs tentative contract

The Maryvale School Board approved a tentative contract Monday night with the Maryvale Administrative Association that represents a 5.2 percent salary increase over the life of the five-year pact.

The agreement, which will raise district administrators' salaries by roughly 1 percent for each year of the contract, was reached after four years of negotiations.

Zoo closed Thanksgiving, Christmas

The Buffalo Zoo will be closed Thanksgiving and Christmas days. The zoo's normal winter hours will resume the day after each holiday.

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