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>Board has to act again on term extension

LOCKPORT -- At its April 3 meeting, the Town Board approved the placement on the November ballot of a question asking voters if they would like to increase the town supervisor's term from two years to four.

However, Town Clerk Nancy A. Brooks said Tuesday the board will have to do it all over again.
Brooks said another public hearing on the issue is scheduled for a board work session at 2 p.m. next Wednesday. She said the do-over was needed because the town neglected to publish a legal notice announcing the April 3 hearing.

If the longer term is approved by voters, the winner of this year's election for supervisor will serve the four-year term.

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>School Board to raise planned budget amount

NIAGARA FALLS -- The Niagara Falls School Board will meet at 5:30 p.m. Thursday to raise its proposed 2007-08 budget from $117.3 million to about $121.2 million.

The board will vote on the budget amendment in the district Annex Building, 606 Sixth St., where it also will discuss other business.

Deputy Superintendent Cynthia A. Bianco said the board has to amend the budget it adopted March 22 because the state gave it a lot more aid than was included in Gov. Eliot L. Spitzer's proposed budget. School officials had based the original budget on Spitzer's plan. The State Legislature adopted a final state budget after the board approved its own.

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>City Hall to hold seasonal job fair

NIAGARA FALLS -- The Human Resources Department at City Hall will hold a job fair for seasonal work from 9 a.m. to noon today in Room 17 at City Hall, 745 Main St.

The city is seeking applicants for lifeguards and recreation laborers. Those interested should bring valid identification to the job fair. For more information, call 286-4430.

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>7th Camp Hope slated for grieving children

BARKER -- Niagara Hospice will hold its 7th Camp Hope for grieving children from June 22-24 at the YMCA's Camp Kenan.

The camp is for children throughout Western New York who have lost a loved one, and is free for children ages 7 to 13.

"Children often find it difficult to speak openly about death and their feelings," said Camp Director Linda Bonczyk. "Camp Hope provides them with an opportunity to meet and talk with other children who share a similar grief, making them feel less alone."

During the camp weekend, children will learn to express their grief through music, art and recreation, and also enjoy typical camping activities.

Camp Hope is staffed by professional counselors, trained volunteers and a nurse.

Niagara Hospice provides bereavement services specifically for children ages 7 to 13 because children grieve differently than adults.

For a free camp application, call Niagara Hospice at 439-4417 or go online to www.niagarahospice.org.

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