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Antkowiak takes oath for Town Board seat

Cheryl A. Antkowiak has been sworn in as a member of the Lockport Town Board.

Antkowiak was appointed to replace Marc R. Smith, who was elected supervisor last fall. She was sworn in by former Town Justice Wesley F. Arnold.

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Program for disabled needs more volunteers

TOWN OF NIAGARA -- Opportunities Unlimited of Niagara, the largest not-for-profit agency in Niagara County serving people with developmental disabilities, is seeking volunteers to serve on standing committees.

The organization provides employment, case management, day programming, vocational training, clinical services, residential options and family support for 800 individuals with developmental disabilities living and working in Niagara County.

The committees, which meet monthly or quarterly, need volunteers interested in providing program oversight, guidance and financial direction to the agency.

Skills sought include human resources, marketing, business, public relations, sales, finance, quality assurance and health care. Committees focus on providing programs that enrich the lives of people with developmental disabilities and their families. To receive an application, call 297-6400, Ext. 227, or visit www.opportunitiesunlimited.org. Applications are due Feb. 24.

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6-week watercolor class will begin Feb. 25

LEWISTON -- A six-week class for beginning to advanced watercolorists will be taught by Youngstown artist Michael McMahon from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. on consecutive Saturdays, beginning Feb. 25, in the Red Brick School, North Fourth and Onondaga streets.

Cost is $70, including supplies; $60 for those bringing their own supplies.

For information and to register, call the Lewiston Recreation Department at 754-1990.

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Storyteller will appear Thursday at NCCC

SANBORN -- Buffalo storyteller Karima Amin will appear at noon Thursday in the Niagara County Community College Student Entertainment Lounge.

Amin is a founding member of Spin-A-Story Tellers, a group that promotes storytelling in Western New York.

Her appearance, part of the college's Multicultural Speaker Series, is sponsored by the NCCC Office of Student Activities.

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Reynolds seeks FAA probe of pilot fatigue, duty rules

The Federal Aviation Administration should investigate pilot fatigue and update rules governing pilot on-duty and rest periods, Rep. Thomas M. Reynolds, R-Clarence, said.

Reynolds said he's troubled by a National Transportation Safety Board report that cited pilot fatigue as a contributing factor to an October 2004 plane crash in Missouri that killed Dr. Richard T. Sarkin, an Amherst pediatrician.

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