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Wheatfield bull terrier wins best of breed

For the second year in a row, a colored bull terrier from Wheatfield has won Best in Breed at the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show in New York City's Madison Square Garden.

Clio, a 4-year-old known in competition as Paradox Muse-Ic To My Ears, was declared the winner Monday and was to go on to the Best in Group competition, where she was edged out last year. She is owned by Lockport veterinarian Jeanne C. Fournier-Fike and her husband, Scott Fike.

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NCCC announces upgrade to 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 Inc.

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

"Our recycling can now be considered full-circle recycling," Lobdell said.

The upgraded recycling of the paper/cardboard will 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," Lobdell said.

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

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Grant will help firefighters buy protective gear, pagers

GASPORT -- The Gasport Fire Company will receive a $75,412 federal grant to buy improved protective gear and communications equipment.

Rep. Chris Lee, R-Clarence, announced the award Monday.

Deputy Chief Scott Seib said Gasport intends to buy new pagers for members that will be tuned in to Niagara County's UHF radio dispatching system.

The department also plans to purchase new hoods, gloves, boots and 20 escape kits for interior firefighters, Seib said.

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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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