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>Family YMCA offers school break activities

NIAGARA FALLS -- The Niagara Falls Family YMCA will offer free exercise activities for parents and children during the winter school break from Dec. 26 through 31.

January Jump Start Week at the YMCA Branch, 1317 Portage Ave., will include crafts, games, open swim and yoga.

For more information and a complete list of locations and activities, visit www.ymcabuffaloniagara.org, or call 565-6000.

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>Hospital board, union ratify three-year pact

MEDINA -- A three-year contract between Medina Memorial Hospital and its service and maintenance employees has been ratified by the union and the hospital board.

The members of Service Employees International Union Local 1199 Upstate voted, 98-4, in favor of the deal, reached last week after the union threatened a job action. It was the first contract for the workers since joining the union.

Union chief negotiator James Scardato said the union likes the shift to daily overtime from weekly overtime and pay raises averaging 6 percent in the first year of the contract. He said certified nurse's aides won double-digit increases.

Hospital President and Chief Executive Officer James E. Sinner said he thinks any ill feeling from the bargaining has been smoothed over. "It went very smoothly. There's always chest-pounding, but it goes away," he said.

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>Chamber of Commerce to host annual Pizza Fest

NORTH TONAWANDA -- The Chamber of Commerce of the Tonawandas will host its annual Pizza Fest from 5 to 7 p.m. Jan. 25 in the Stephen Sikora Post American Legion, 950 Payne Ave.

Tickets are $10, presale and $15 at the door. Included will be pizza, chicken wings, beer, wine, pop and prizes.

Pizza restaurants will offer samples of their best pizzas and wings in competition for votes by the event's participants.

Tickets are available at the Chamber's offices, 15 Webster St.

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