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Family planning services to end at Hamburg site

Erie County will end family planning services at Hamburg Medical Park, 17 Long Ave., on Nov. 15 as part of a larger cost-cutting effort, the Health Department has announced.

Letters are being sent to users of the family planning clinic about options and other locations, the department said in a statement. The closing was blamed on economic conditions forcing an overhaul of the way the county provides health services.

Those with questions about the closing may call 858-7690 on weekdays between 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m.

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$2.5 million '09 budget features slight tax hike

The Marilla Town Board on Tuesday approved a preliminary budget for 2009 of $2.5 million with a tax levy of $1.1 million.

The spending plan carries a tax rate of $2.27 per $1,000 of assessed valuation, an increase of 2 cents. Spending is down slightly from 2008, Supervisor George Gertz said.

The budget includes a 3 percent salary increase for employees and officials.

The Highway Fund budget of $846,400 carries a tax rate of 50 cents per $1,000 of assessed valuation, the same as this year. The Fire Department budget carries a tax rate of $1.77 per $1,000 of assessed valuation up 2 cents from this year. And sanitation fees are up $5 per unit.

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Onscreen villain is guest of honor at Halloween bash

Movie fans probably won't recognize him in person, but Tom Morga, the man behind the masks of Jason in "Halloween IV" and Michael Meyers in "Friday the 13th V," will be guest of honor at the third annual Variety Club Halloween fundraiser for Women and Children's Hospital on Saturday night in the Central Terminal.

Morga, a stuntman, stunt actor and stunt coordinator, holds the distinction of being the most-seen stuntman in "Star Trek" history.

Radio morning hosts Shredd and Ragan will emcee the event, which begins at 6 p.m. and features live music from That '80s Hair Band and Johnny Smoke. There will be $2,500 in prizes for the costume contests, event organizer Paul Cambria reports.

Tickets are $15 in advance from TicketMaster or $20 at the door.

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