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BOCES seniors to work as interns at airports

JAMESTOWN -- A group of seniors from the Erie 2-Chautauqua-Cattaraugus BOCES Hewes Educational Center's criminal-justice program will be getting hands-on experience as interns with the federal Transportation Security Administration at the Buffalo and Jamestown airports this semester.

After an interview, screening and a background check, selected students will be chosen to spend two weeks working in airport security operations, ranging from cargo and passenger screening to intelligence-gathering and crisis management.

"This internship program is generally offered to college students," said FSA Security Director Derek DePietro, who is in charge of all security operations at the Jamestown, Buffalo and Niagara Falls airports. "To my knowledge, this may very well be the first time that high school students have participated."

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Scanlon is grand marshal of St. Pat's parade

John Scanlon, an Old First Ward native who was Mayor James D. Griffin's longtime campaign strategist, has been chosen as the 16th grand marshal of the annual Old Neighborhood St. Patrick's Day Parade on March 14.

More than 75 marching units will take part in the parade, which will start at noon from the Valley Community Center, 93 Leddy St., and follow the original 1913 St. Patrick's Parade route through the historic streets of the Valley and Old First Ward.

Following the parade, an Irish hooley will be held in the community center from 1 to 6 p.m. It will feature food, refreshments and music by the Irish band Poor Ould Goat.

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Orders being accepted for annual seedling program

The Erie County Soil and Water Conservation District is accepting orders for its annual Conservation Tree and Shrub Seedling Program. Orders for trees and shrubs are due by March 20, and the pickup day will be April 18, at the Fairgrounds, 5600 McKinley Parkway, Hamburg.

The 2009 selection has 33 varieties of trees and shrubs chosen for conservation uses and practices. The one- to three-year-old bare-root seedlings range from 6 to 24 inches tall and are available in lots of 10 to 500.

Order forms can be obtained from the Erie County Soil and Water Conservation district's Web site, www.ecswcd.org, or by calling County Legislature Chairwoman Lynn Marinelli's office at 832-0493 to receive one by mail.

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