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Dudley Library plans weekly activities for kids

Two weekly programs for youngsters and three other special summer activities are planned at J.P. Dudley Branch Library, 2010 South Park Ave.

For children ages 3 to 5, there will be preschool storytime from 2 to 3 p.m. Tuesdays, beginning this week and continuing through Aug. 7. For ages 6 to 12, there will be Summer Fun Club for Kids from 1 to 2 p.m. Thursdays from this week to Aug. 9.

Children of all ages can compete for prizes by filling in a reading log at the library. A game night for 12- to 17-year-olds is scheduled from 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday. A computer basics class for adults will be held at 11 a.m. July 16. To register, visit the library or call 823-1854.

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Recreation fees to remain level for fall, winter

Summer arrived not even two weeks ago, but Town of Tonawanda lawmakers are setting fees for fall and winter recreation programs.

The fee schedule includes myriad activities at town ice rinks, youth center memberships, indoor basketball leagues and the charges for buckets of golf balls at the indoor driving range.

"There are no increases for the 2007-08 fall and winter season," said Councilman Daniel J. Crangle, chairman of the Town Board's Youth, Parks and Recreation Committee.

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Academy has waiting list in pre-K for 4-year-olds

The Catholic Academy of West Buffalo has announced that it has a waiting list for any remaining spaces in its prekindergarten class for 4-year-olds. A decision on whether to open another such class is expected to be made by Aug. 1.

Space is still available in the kindergarten class, as well as the prekindergarten for 3-year-olds. For information, call 885-6111.

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Art camp planned for August weekdays

Parkside Community Association is hosting the Parkside August Art Camp from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. weekdays Aug. 13 to Aug. 31 at St. Mary's School for the Deaf, 2253 Main St.

Modeled after the association's 25-year summer arts program, the art camp, themed "Buffalo Art & Architecture," offers classes in art, music, creative writing and dance for children ages 5 to 11.

The camp costs $130 per week, or $120 per week for those registering for all three weeks. Call 838-1240 for registration information.

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Brenner is appointed Smallwood principal

The Amherst School District has announced the appointment of Lydia A. Brenner as the principal of Smallwood Elementary School.

Brenner, the current assistant principal at Amherst Central High School, will take over from Barbara Marotto, who served as principal for 13 years after a career in the Buffalo schools.

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