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>Holiday message posted by bishop on Web site

Bishop Edward U. Kmiec has posted a special link on the Web site of the Catholic Diocese of Buffalo to share his Christmas message with area Catholics. It was being incorporated into the homilies given at Mass today.

His complete message may be found at www.buffalodiocese.org.

Among his comments, Kmiec said: "The fact of Jesus' coming is a fundamental and uncontestable truth that God cares for us, that God loves us. . . . As Jesus would tell us in his later life, 'I will not leave you alone.' "

He also made reference to his time in Buffalo and offered his blessings and best wishes for joy and peace this Christmas.

"This is my second Christmas with you as the bishop of Buffalo," he said. "I certainly feel I have been given a great gift to have the providence of God to send me here, to this wonderful city."

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>Garbage and recycling are on regular schedule

Garbage and recycling will be picked up in Buffalo on the regular Monday through Friday schedules during the holidays.

City officials urged residents to recycle as much material as possible, such as flattened cardboard and boxboard, which can be placed next to recycling boxes. Wrapping paper is not recyclable.

Buffalo and Erie County also will conduct a computer and electronics recycling day from 9 a.m. to noon Jan. 14 in the Buffalo Zoo parking lot at Parkside Avenue and Jewett Parkway. Residents also may bring Christmas trees to this event to have them mulched.

For Christmas trees to be picked up by city workers, they must be brought to the curb, with all lights and decorations removed, by Jan. 20.

Recycling boxes are available free from the city. Call 851-4890 for information.

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>High school seniors offered SAT prep course

SANBORN -- Niagara County Community College will hold a prep course for high school students who plan to take the SAT exam in the spring.

The 12-session program will help students become familiar with the types of questions asked on the exam.

Students will learn how the test is structured, how to make the most efficient use of time limits, how to attack the different types of questions and when an "educated" guess is sensible.

Program participants will meet from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Mondays and Wednesdays from Jan. 11 to Feb. 13 in Room E103 on NCCC's main campus.

Cost for the program is $85, plus textbook. To enroll, contact the NCCC Office of Community Education at 614-6470 or log on to www.niagaracc.suny.edu and download a registration form.

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>December 26 closings

This is how the following area offices and services will be affected Monday by the Christmas holiday.

City Court .... Closed

County courts .... Closed

State courts .... Closed

Federal courts .... Closed

City offices .... Closed

County offices .... Closed

State offices .... Closed

Federal offices .... Closed

Post Office .... Closed

Schools .... Closed

Banks .... Closed

Most stores .... Open

Metro Bus, Rail .... Sunday service

City garbage .... Regular

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