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Voters urged to show up early on Election Day

An Erie County elections commissioner urged voters Thursday to turn out earlier rather than later Nov. 4 if they want to avoid lines.

"Vote early," said Democratic Elections Commissioner Dennis Ward, "because if everyone waits until 4 to 8 on Election Day, there will be lines."

Ward spoke moments after the County Legislature approved his appointment for another four-year term, as it did for Republican Commissioner Ralph Mohr. Both were nominated by their party committees.

Lawmakers approved the appointments, 14-0, with Legislator Michele M. Iannello, D-Kenmore, abstaining because she is married to Ward.


Manuscripts on display of Knights Templar trials

Facsimile manuscripts of Vatican documents detailing the trials of the Knights Templar will be on display from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. today in the Buffalo & Erie County Historical Society, 22 Nottingham Terrace. Admission is free.

Thomas M. Savini, director of the Livingston Masonic Library, and William J. Thomas, library trustee, will be on hand to provide an overview of the Knights Templar, the enigmatic warrior-monks from the medieval ages who were charged with heresy and later absolved by Pope Clement V.

The "Processus Contra Templarios" dates back to 1308. The manuscript on display is one of 800 copies worldwide.


Breast Cancer Network to get $39,500 grant

Amherst-based Western New York Breast Cancer Network will receive a $39,500 grant from the state Health Department, Assemblyman Jim Hayes, R-Amherst, reports.

The money will be used to support the group's education, counseling and outreach programs, which include a "TLC tote program" for newly diagnosed breast cancer patients. The network holds meetings the second Tuesday of every month in Unitarian-Universalist Church of Amherst in Williamsville. For more information, visit

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