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>High school to honor distinguished alumni

WHEATFIELD -- Niagara-Wheatfield Senior High School's Golden Anniversary Committee is seeking to find out more about alumni who went on to distinguish themselves.

Fiftieth anniversary celebrations are planned throughout next year, and one will honor distinguished alumni.

Anyone wishing to make a nomination should submit the person's full name, plus maiden name if applicable; the year he or she graduated; a brief description of why the person deserves the honor; and a name and phone number or e-mail address of the nominator in case more information is needed. Photos also are welcomed.

Nominations should be sent to Luanne Zuccari, Orleans/Niagara BOCES East Conference Center, 4124 Saunders Settlement Road, Sanborn, NY 14132, or e-mailed to lzuccari@onboces.org.

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>Credit union, agency seek gifts for children

Members of Niagara County's Federal Credit Union and Family and Children's Service Niagara are gearing up for the holiday season and looking for donations of gifts for children who might not receive anything this Christmas.

Stop by one of the branches -- at 260 West Ave., Lockport, or 750 Portage Road, Niagara Falls -- to drop off a gift, or call 434-4180 to find out how to help.

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>SPCA cautions owners on Thanksgiving dangers

The SPCA is urging pet owners to keep their furry friends safe from the potential dangers that may lurk at the Thanksgiving table.

People should fight the temptation to share too much holiday food with their pets. When animals eat a lot of food they're not used to, they could end up with stomachaches, vomiting and diarrhea, according to Gina Browning at the Erie County SPCA. And turkey bones could irritate a pet's stomach or intestines or even lodge in the esophagus.

Some pets who feel cheated on table scraps might resort to picking through the garbage, where plastic wraps, aluminum foil and other potentially harmful things are mixed in with tasty morsels. It's best to keep garbage bags away from pets' reach, Browning said.

The biggest threat to animals' safety this week, though, could be chocolate, which can be toxic to dogs and cats in small quantities. Animals that eat chocolate can suffer a host of problems, from seizures and irregular heartbeats to coma and death.

For more animal safety tips, visit www.yourspca.org or call 629-3505.

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