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>Decorated trees in park to live on after holiday

YOUNGSTOWN -- Sponsors will be decorating Christmas trees in Falkner Park on Main Street today, but the evergreens' story won't end with this holiday season.

As part of the Holiday in the Village observance, the trees, bought at cost from Faery's Nursery, will be planted in the village after the decorations are removed, organizers said.

But first, there will be a tree-lighting ceremony at 5 p.m. today, part of a day of activities that includes a potluck dinner in the First Presbyterian Church hall, 100 Church St. Restaurants will provide some food and residents are invited to bring some, too.

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>Bank's candy-bar sales benefit Meals on Wheels

NORTH TONAWANDA -- Key Bank's Mid-City Plaza branch is helping North Tonawanda Meals on Wheels by selling $1 candy bars.

Tellers at the bank, 1071 Payne Ave., are selling Fowler's chocolate bars to raise money to replace $1,993 of refrigerated and frozen foods that had to be discarded after the October snowstorm.
North Tonawanda Meals on Wheels is in Twin Cities Community Outreach, 100 Ridge Road, and serves residents in both Tonawanda and North Tonawanda. To volunteer or for more information, call 693-1663.

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>67 high school seniors still in running for car

NIAGARA FALLS -- There are still 67 seniors in the running to win a car next June because they have perfect attendance at Niagara Falls High School this year.

The school's chief educational administrator, Mark Laurrie, said this week that attendance so far this year is at 91 percent, about a percentage point higher than the 2005-06 school year.

He said some seniors recently visited Steve Baldo Ford on Niagara Falls Boulevard to check out cars as a way to keep up enthusiasm for showing up to school every day. Baldo is offering a car to encourage perfect attendance.

Last year, 44 seniors maintained perfect attendance and competed in a drawing for a Ford Focus. Laurrie said he hopes this year's senior class will have more entries in the drawing.

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>Planning Board review set for new Rite Aid

NEWFANE -- The Ellicott Development Co. of Buffalo is seeking final approval from the Town Planning Board to build a new Rite Aid Pharmacy at Lockport-Olcott and Ridge roads.

Company representatives will attend the Dec. 18 meeting of the Planning Board to seek the final nod on their drainage plans, town officials said.

The development company's plans will require the purchase and demolition of three buildings: Farley's Repairs, The Antennae Man, and a vacant private house.

There currently is a Rite Aid store a short distance away at 3953 Lockport-Olcott Road, adjacent to the Tops Market. The new Rite Aid would be a stand-alone, 15,000-square-foot building, town officials said.

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