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NIAGARA NEWS BRIEFS

Board of Elections extending its hours

LOCKPORT -- The Niagara County Board of Elections, 111 Main St., will be open extra hours this week and next to allow absentee voters to fill out applications and cast ballots on the spot if they wish.

The board is normally open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. It will be open until 7 p.m. Tuesday and Thursday and also Oct. 30 and Nov. 1. The board also will offer Saturday hours -- 9 a.m. to noon this week and Nov. 4.

Absentee voters must appear in person to fill out the forms. If the ballot is taken out of the office, it must be postmarked by Nov. 6, the day before the election, to be counted.

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Pataki appoints college board member

SANBORN -- Kevin C. Schuler of Pendleton was recently appointed by Gov. George E. Pataki to a seat on the Niagara County Community College board of trustees.

Schuler is senior director of public affairs for LP Ciminelli, the largest commercial construction company in upstate New York. He is also on the board of USA Niagara Chamber of Commerce. He is a former board member of Leadership Niagara and past chairman of the Niagara County Industrial Development Agency.

He succeeds Ronald J. Winter, whose term on the 10-member board expired.

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Public hearing will focus on patio home proposal

ROYALTON -- The Town Board will hold a public hearing at 7:15 p.m. Monday to consider rezoning for patio homes, the first such housing proposal in the town.

Bradley Rehwaldt of Rehwaldt Builders of Akron has proposed 24 patio homes for a roughly 11-acre parcel on Wolcottsville Road. The parcel is currently zoned for business and must be rezoned for residential use. Rehwaldt owns an additional 14 acres behind that site; that parcel will remain zoned for agricultural use.

The town and Niagara County Planning boards have both approved the rezoning.

"I think this is a direction we have to look at as the population ages in this area," said Philip Gow, town Planning Board chairman.

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Rich Products, 3 others to get hospitality honor

LEWISTON -- One company and three individuals will be honored by Niagara University College of Hospitality and Tourism Management's convocation at 4 p.m. Wednesday in Alumni Chapel. Honorees are:

*Rich Products, a food service company. Accepting the award will be three division presidents: Jean Covelli, Jon Dandes and Richard Ferranti.

*Former Buffalo Bill and Pro Football Hall of Famer Joe DeLamielleure, a member of the advisory board for the City of the Children of Matamoros A.C., a home for abandoned children in Mexico.

*Wolf H. Hengst, president of worldwide hotel operations for Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts.

*Roger J. Dow, president and CEO of Travel Industry Association of America.

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