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>Petitions due Tuesday for village elections

Nominating petitions for East Aurora's upcoming village elections are due by 4 p.m. Tuesday in Village Hall.

The seats of Deputy Mayor Libby Weberg and Trustees Kevin Biggs and Peter Mercurio will be on the ballot. All three, who ran unopposed in 2007, are expected to seek new two-year terms.

The positions pay $5,000 a year, and East Aurora village elections typically have been run independently from political parties.

Polls will be open from noon to 9 p.m. March 18 in Village Hall, Main and Paine streets.

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>Clothing store kicks off drive for Food Bank

White House Black Market, a women's clothing store in Orchard Park, has kicked off a food drive for the Food Bank of Western New York.

Customers who bring a non-perishable food item to the store will receive a 10 percent discount on their purchases.

"The recession has caused unprecedented demand on the Food Bank and our company wanted to step up to help restock the shelves," said store manager Michele Pellette.

White House Black Market, which specializes in upscale black and white women's clothing, is located in The Orchard shopping center at 4005 N. Buffalo Road. The sale will continue through the end of this month.

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>Mensa admission test set at Southgate Plaza

Are you among the smartest 2 percent of people? If you can take a test and prove it, you can be eligible to join Mensa, the international society of high-IQ people.

The next American Mensa admission test will be held at 9 a.m. Feb. 28 in the Southgate Plaza Meeting Room, Union Road and Seneca Street, West Seneca. There is a $40 processing fee. For information, call Jaclyn McKewan at 630-1694 or visit www.wny.us.mensa.org.

Western New York Mensa, which has about 280 members, provides opportunities for bright people to meet and socialize. It is one of 134 Mensa groups nationwide. A nonprofit organization, Mensa takes no stand on politics, religion or social issues.

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>Kindergarten signup under way for 2009-10

The Orchard Park Central School District is conducting enrollment for pupils entering kindergarten in the 2009-10 school year.

To find out which of the four elementary schools a child will attend, parents can contact the school information office at 209-6222. A street list and map of elementary attendance boundaries is located on the district's Web site at www.opschools.org under "About Us."

To enter kindergarten this fall, children must turn 5 by Dec. 1.

Documents required for registration include a birth certificate, immunization record, custodial statement if student is not living with both natural parents and proof of residency.

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