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>Museum updates its guide to Niagara Historic Trail

NORTH TONAWANDA -- The North Tonawanda History Museum has issued its updated guide to the Niagara Historic Trail.

It sells for $15 at the museum, 54 Webster St.

"It is an update of the original 1975 project and the 1991 update by the county," said County Legislator Peter E. Smolinski, R-North Tonawanda. "This is a 166-page spiral-bound book that is designed to be used while driving around the county."

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>Community Missions given $25,000 for job training

NIAGARA FALLS -- Niagara County Legislators Jason J. Murgia, D-Niagara Falls, and Danny W. Sklarski, D-Town of Niagara, have delivered a $25,000 county check to Community Missions of Niagara.

The payment, approved Dec. 16 by the Legislature, comes from the county's share of the Seneca Niagara Casino slot machine revenues.

The money was earmarked for Community Missions' job retraining programs.

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>NCCC announces upgrades of recycling program

SANBORN -- Niagara County Community College has announced that it made upgrades to its recycling program with the hiring of METRO Waste Paper Recovery.

The Depew company specializes in recycling paper and cardboard because its parent company is a paper manufacturer, said James Lobdell, assistant director of facilities.

The upgraded recycling of the paper/cardboard is expected to save NCCC about $2,500 a year in direct costs, and the college could realize an additional rebate of $2,400 to $6,000.

"In addition to the paper and cardboard recycling, all of our confidential document destruction will now be shredded on-campus, hauled away and we will receive certification that the documents have been destroyed," Lobdell said in a prepared statement.

NCCC also will receive 40 recycling bins that will be strategically located around campus.

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>Area veterans invited to benefits seminar

A benefits seminar for veterans in the Lockport area is set from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Feb. 21 in the Lockport VA Clinic, 5883 Snyder Drive.

Veterans Affairs staff and veterans benefits counselors will be available to assist veterans with eligibility questions for VA health care and other state and federal benefits vets may be entitled to but often go unused.

For instance, benefits were recently extended for veterans returning from combat that include five years of free VA medical care for most conditions.

The five-year window is also open to activated Reservists and National Guard members, if they served in a theater of combat operations after Nov. 11, 1998.

Vets attending the seminar should bring discharge papers and financial records for accurate counseling. For additional information, call the VA clinic at 438-3890.

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