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>Vigil planned Tuesday for wounded officers

A candlelight observance for two wounded Buffalo police officers will be held Tuesday near the scene of the shootings.

The event is being scheduled from 9 to 11 p.m. at Chippewa Street, between South Elmwood Avenue and Georgia Street, where Officers Carl. E. Andolina and Patricia A. Parete were shot while responding to a call.

Andolina is home recovering. Parete is listed in critical condition in Erie County Medical Center.

The vigil is being organized by Steven C. Schroeder, 21, who lives in the neighborhood.

"I just felt police need some support during this time," Schroeder said.

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>Deadline approaching for decorating contest

Sunday is the deadline for nominations in the 19th annual Light Up Lovejoy holiday decorating contest.

Nomination forms are available at businesses in Buffalo's Lovejoy neighborhood and at the Iron Island Museum, 998 Lovejoy St. Judging will take place next Monday, beginning at 7 p.m.

A bus ride to view the nominees and winners will leave at 6 p.m. Dec. 21 from the museum. Hot chocolate and cookies will be served.

The cost for that event is $3 per person; reservations and payment in advance are required. Call 892-3084 or 895-5239 for reservations.

Dec. 21, the Buffalo Fire Historical Society, at 1850 William St., is holding an open house for viewing its Christmas village. Admission is free.

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>'Excused absences' set for make-up dates

The Iroquois Central School Board has come up with a solution for parents who booked vacations during the dates the district wants to use to make up for class time lost in the October snowstorm.

After hearing objections from parents, the board decided that requiring students to be in school on the make-up dates -- Feb. 21, 22 and 23 -- would cause extreme financial penalties on families that already had made vacation plans prior to the storm.

The board will allow for "excused absences" for those families. The new policy will apply only to those students and teachers who have documented vacation plans made prior to the Oct. 12-13 storm. All others will be required to attend classes Feb. 21-23.

The board had amended the school calendar in November to make up for snow days taken in October and insure that the district achieves the minimum number of instructional days mandated by the state.

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