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>Iannello invites officials to discuss landfill stench

An Erie County legislator said Sunday she has arranged a meeting of public officials to discuss the annoyance created by the Town of Tonawanda landfill behind Hackett Drive near the City of Tonawanda.

"I went by there yesterday and it is obnoxious," said Legislator Michele Iannello, whose district includes the city and the town. Iannello sees herself as a person who can draw in the appropriate people, so she has invited representatives from the city and town and the state Department of Environmental Conservation for a discussion Tuesday.

She hopes that will be followed within a couple of weeks by an information session the public can attend.

Iannello said the landfill is scheduled for closure this year, but in the meantime the growing mound of waste has drawn complaints from nearby residents, mainly in the city.

Residents also have complained about the smell that has been building with the rotting vegetation hauled there after the October storm.

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>NAACP chapter opens nominations for honors

The Buffalo chapter of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People is accepting nominations for four awards to be presented June 10 at the annual NAACP Dinner in the Buffalo Convention Center.

The awards are Medgar Evers (Civil Rights), Daniel Acker Community Service, Rufus Frasier Human Relations and Youth. Nominations must be submitted in writing to the NAACP Awards Committee at 1490 Jefferson Ave., Buffalo, NY 14208, or faxed to 884-7243. Deadline is March 26.

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>New owner of Statler to address lecture series

Bashar Issa, the maverick English developer who has ambitious plans to change the Buffalo skyline, will address an upcoming installment of the Buffalo Talks series, from noon to 1:30 p.m. Jan. 25 in Hyatt Regency Buffalo.

Issa is affiliated with BSC Development, which purchased the Statler Towers for $3.5 million and has pledged to spend $80 million to restore the city landmark to its former glory. Issa also has launched plans for a mixed-use, 40-story office tower along South Elmwood Avenue. Reservations are required. Call Lynn Waclawek at 842-5237.

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>Deadline extended for pageant applicants

NIAGARA FALLS -- The deadline for entering the Miss Niagara County scholarship competition has been extended to Jan. 30.

The competition, open to women ages 17 to 24 who are either high school seniors or college students, is scheduled to get under way at 7 p.m. March 3 in the Performing Arts Center of Niagara Falls High School, 4455 Porter Road.

More than $8,500 in scholarships and awards are at stake. The winner will compete in the Miss New York State competition, which is preliminary to the Miss America competition.

For information or an application, call Linda Rafferty at 297-1866 or Candra Thomason at 298-8657.

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