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Four being considered to fill seat on board

LOCKPORT -- Four candidates, all Republicans, are being considered to fill the Lockport Town Board seat of Marc R. Smith, who becomes supervisor in January.

Smith, a Republican, announced the names during a Town Board meeting Wednesday: Debbie Miller of Woodlands Mobile Home Park; Cheryl A. Antkowiak of Forest Hill Road; businessman Allan B. Van De Mark of Chestnut Ridge Road; and Robert E. Lewis of Keck Road.

The appointee will serve one year before facing election.

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Tuscarora School club ends canned food drive

LEWISTON -- The Tuscarora Indian School K-Kids Club recently finished its annual canned food drive.

The event encouraged pupils from prekindergarten through sixth grade to collect nonperishable food items for families in need during the holiday season.

The class that collects the most canned goods for the Tuscarora Indian Mission is treated to a special surprise. This year, Angela Desai's fourth-grade class won an ice-skating and pizza party.

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Race for Council seat tied again after ruling

NIAGARA FALLS -- The race for a Council seat from the Town of Niagara is tied again after a ruling here Thursday by State Supreme Court Justice Ralph A. Boniello III, and two sealed votes may -- or may not -- settle the issue.

Boniello ruled that those two affidavit ballots were improperly disallowed by the Niagara County Board of Elections and should be opened and counted. He also allowed one of two disputed paper ballots that had already been opened. That vote was for Republican Jenelle L. Messer, and pulled her into a tie with Democrat John P. Adams at 811 votes apiece. A second opened paper ballot for Messer was disallowed because of extraneous markings by the voter.

Democratic Election Commissioner Nancy L. Smith said she did not know when the two sealed ballots would be opened. Messer's attorney, Edward P. Perlman, said that one of those voters has told Messer she voted for her, but the other voter has refused to say how he voted.

If the race ends in a tie, it would be considered a "failure to elect" under state law. The Town Board will have to appoint someone to fill the seat for a year, until another election is held in November 2006 for the remaining three years of the term.

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Hospital will conduct flu shot clinic Saturday

NIAGARA FALLS -- Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center has received 500 more doses of vaccine and will hold a public flu shot clinic from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday at the hospital, 621 10th St. Pneumonia vaccine also will be available.

Numbers will be handed out beginning at 8:30 a.m. Those seeking flu shots should use the hospital's 10th Street entrance or walkway from the parking ramp, where parking will be free.

Patients with health insurance should bring insurance cards; no co-payments will be required. Individuals who do not have insurance will be charged $20.

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