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>Niagara County offers public flu shot clinic

CAMBRIA -- A public flu shot clinic will be offered by the Niagara County Health Department from 9 a.m. to noon next Monday in Town Hall, 4160 Upper Mountain Road.

The immunizations will be free for those presenting insurance cards; the uninsured will be charged $25.

Wanda Smiley, director of patient services for the Health Department, said the county ordered 1,100 doses of flu vaccine and will be setting up clinics to distribute it.

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>Scholarship competition accepting applications

NIAGARA FALLS -- Applications are available for the fifth annual Miss Niagara County Scholarship Competition. More than $8,500 will be awarded during the March 3 event in the Performing Arts Center at Niagara Falls High School.

The competition is open to high school seniors or college students between 17 and 24 who live or are attending school full time in Niagara County, will graduate from high school by July 30, 2007, and have successfully completed requirements to enter a four-year college.

The winner will be an official ambassador for Niagara County and go on to the Miss New York State Competition.

Volunteers are needed to help run this local event, which is sponsored by Operation Pride and Progress.

For an application or to learn more about volunteering, call Linda Rafferty at 297-1866 or Candra Thomason at 298-8657.

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>Museum programs focus on ethnic heritage

NORTH TONAWANDA -- The North Tonawanda History Museum will present two free holiday programs that focus on ethnic heritage in conjunction with Our Lady of Czestochowa Catholic Church.

Wednesday, the Chopin Singing Society will perform in concert beginning at 7 p.m. in the church at Oliver Street and Center Avenue.

Thursday, the museum will present German Christmas night in collaboration with the Historical Society of North German Settlements of Western New York in Bergholz, with the theme "Preparing for a German Christmas," at 6:30 p.m. in North Tonawanda Senior Center, 110 Goundry St.

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