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Board scrutinizes pact for superintendent designee

NEWFANE -- The Newfane School Board had expected to hire Newfane Middle School Principal Gary J. Pogorzelski as its new superintendent at a special meeting Wednesday.

But trustees got tied up reviewing his proposed three-year contract for more than two hours in executive session.

As a result, the board recessed the meeting until 2:30 p.m. today in Newfane Early Childhood Center, Godfrey Road. And board President Jamie Reineke said the deliberations could continue into Friday.

Reineke said reviewing the contract "is taking longer than we expected. We should make the appointment within the next week."

Pogorzelski was selected by the board from three finalists on Dec. 12. He will replace James N. Mills, who retired.


Charity ball raised $2,000 for theater

LOCKPORT -- Mayor Michael W. Tucker said Wednesday that the first Mayor's Charity Ball netted $2,000 for the historic Palace Theater.

Tucker said arrangements are being made to present the check, which covers the profits from the $99-a-couple ball, which was held Dec. 1 in the Lockport Town and Country Club. The Palace is expected to use the money for new heating and air-conditioning.


'Rockin' the Locks' back to greet new year

LOCKPORT -- The city will hold its third annual New Year's Eve "Rockin' the Locks" ball drop Sunday night in the parking lot of City Hall, One Locks Plaza.

Activity is to begin about 10 p.m. with music by the Lock City Rockers, an oldies band featuring Common Council President John Lombardi III on drums. The midnight ball will be lowered from a crane supplied by Clark Rigging.

Craig E. Bacon, co-chairman of the city's Celebrations and Events Committee, said the Western Erie Canal Alliance and Mills Jewelers are sponsoring the event. Food will include hot drinks from Amazon Vending, barbecue from Mrs. Ribs, fried dough from Phat Dog Concessions and soups from Li'l Robin's Diner.

Main Street near City Hall will be closed to traffic from 10 p.m. to 1 a.m.

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