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LOCAL NEWS BRIEFS - Final

Job fair seeks workers for new casino hotel

NIAGARA FALLS -- The first of several job fairs in Erie and Niagara counties intended to hire 1,000 workers for the new Seneca Niagara Casino Hotel in Niagara Falls will be held from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday in the Grand Island Holiday Inn, 100 Whitehaven Road.

The first 10 floors and three restaurants of the 26-story hotel are scheduled to open Dec. 31, with the remaining floors opening in March, said Seneca casino public relations manager Philip J. Pantano.

Additional job fairs are planned for Rochester and Syracuse, with dates yet to be set.

"We will focus on the people of Western New York but will also look to bring new people to the region," said Richard Seneca, the casino's vice president of human resources.

The other area job fairs will be held:

Oct. 2 to 5, Conference Center of Niagara Falls, 101 Old Falls St.

Oct. 12 and 13, Millennium Airport Hotel, 2040 Walden Ave., Cheektowaga.

Oct. 17 and 18, Conference Center of Niagara Falls.

Oct. 25 and 26, Hyatt Regency Hotel, 2 Fountain Plaza, Buffalo.

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Author to speak on impact of penicillin

Eric Lax, whose 2004 book, "The Mold in Dr. Florey's Coat," detailed the development of penicillin, will give a public talk at 4:30 p.m. Wednesday in Hauptman-Woodward Institute, 700 Ellicott St.

The author of seven books that have been translated into 18 languages, Lax will recount how a basic scientific discovery developed into a lifesaving industry. A reception with the author will follow.

The day before, Joachim Frank will open Hauptman-Woodward's inaugural lecture series, "Structural Biology in the 21st Century," with a presentation on cryo-electron microscopy of ribosomal complexes. Frank is a research professor at the State University at Albany and Hughes Medical Institute's Wadsworth Center.

Additional lectures will be given Oct. 13 by Amy Rosenzweig, Nov. 7 by Wayne A. Hendrickson, Nov. 22 by David Eisenberg, Dec. 15 by Phillip A. Coppens, Jan. 19 by Angela Gronenborn, Feb. 2 by F. William Studier, March 2 by Nadiran Seeman, April 10 by Thomas C. Terwilliger, May 9 by Janet Smith, and June 9 by Susan Taylor.

All talks in the structural biology series will start at 4 and will be followed by a reception.

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Labs study well water from Lewiston, Porter

LOCKPORT -- Two laboratories are analyzing water samples taken from 12 wells in Lewiston and Porter, Niagara County Environmental Health Director James J. Devald said last week.

Devald told the county Board of Health that the state Health Department's Wadsworth Laboratory is analyzing the water for evidence of radioactivity, while a private company, Eastern Laboratory Services, is checking for chemical contamination and bacteria.

The wells were selected for their proximity to the Lake Ontario Ordnance Works site, where nuclear waste from the World War II atomic bomb project is buried. Devald said the sampling was completed Sept. 14.

Six of the wells are used for drinking water by their owners.

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