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>Public forum to feature report on sprawl

The report "At Taxpayers' Expense: How Government Policies Encourage Sprawl in Erie and Niagara Counties" is the subject of a public forum Tuesday in the Harlem Road Community Center, 4255 Harlem Road, Amherst.

Sponsored by the League of Women Voters of Buffalo/Niagara, the session is free and begins at 7 p.m. Panelists include attorney Kevin Gaughan, a civic leader and regionalism advocate.

"At Taxpayers' Expense . . ." was researched and written by the League's Local Government Committee, of which Anne Huberman is chairwoman.


>Ceremonies to mark Lincoln's birthday

Tributes and a military salute will highlight a Lincoln's birthday ceremony Feb. 18 at the Buffalo & Erie County Historical Society.

The event will start at 1:30 p.m. near the bronze Lincoln statue on the portico steps of the museum, 25 Nottingham Court.
Benedict Maryniak of the Buffalo Civil War Roundtable, dressed as Chaplain Philos G. Cook of the 94th New York Volunteers, will head the program. Several other costumed Civil War re-enactment groups will take part.

The national commemoration of Lincoln's birthday -- the actual date is Feb. 12 -- was begun in Buffalo in 1874 by druggist Julius Francis, who revered the martyred president. Later, Francis persuaded Congress to establish the birthday as a legal holiday.

In recent times the February birthdays of Lincoln and President George Washington have been celebrated together as the Presidents Day federal holiday, which falls on Feb. 19 this year.


>M&T Bank gives $50,000 to Holy Angels Academy

Holy Angels Academy, 24 Shoshone Drive, has received a $50,000 matching grant from M&T Bank for its "Spreading Our Wings" capital campaign, which includes plans for a new athletic center and laboratories, classrooms and a multimedia center.

The bank has agreed to match pledges -- up to $50,000 -- made before Nov. 30, said JoAnne Grippi, principal of the private Catholic high school in North Buffalo.


>Public hearing set tonight on Seneca golf course

TOWN OF LEWISTON -- The Lewiston Planning Board will hold a public hearing at 7 p.m. Thursday to discuss plans for the proposed $15 million Seneca Nation golf course.

"This course is expected to be the nicest on [either] side of the river and will have a big 'wow' factor," Supervisor Fred Newlin said.

Members of the public are invited to view plans for the course, and the meeting will be open to public comment. The town is expected to hold a second public hearing Feb. 1.

The Seneca Nation has proposed an ambitious schedule and hopes to break ground this spring and use 2008 as a "growing year" for the course. This would be followed by the construction of a clubhouse and a first tee-off planned for 2009.

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