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>Postal Service events mark Consumer Protection Week

The U.S. Postal Service has planned a series of events at its local branches to commemorate National Consumer Protection Week.

They include the distribution of brochures providing tips to avoid becoming a victim of identity theft and warning against fraudulent financial schemes.

Christine Kogutowski, consumer affairs manager for the Postal Service and other representatives, are scheduled to appear from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday in the Postal Service's Niagara Square Station, 229 W. Genesee St.

They also plan to be present from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesday in the Amherst branch, 5500 N. Bailey Ave., and from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Wednesday in the East Amherst Post Office, 9830 Transit Road.

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>Diocese gets $400,000 grant for leadership program

The Catholic Diocese of Buffalo has been awarded a $400,000 grant from the John R. Oishei Foundation to develop a leadership competencies program.

The grant will allow principals, board members and advancement teams in the diocese to benefit from intensive training to improve the effectiveness of Catholic education in Western New York.

"The department's creation of leadership institutes equips our school leadership teams to effectively manage 21st century schools rich in Catholic identity and academic rigor," Rosemary J. Henry, superintendent of Catholic schools in the diocese, said in a news release.

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>Area's largest stamp show gets under way March 7

Buffpex 2009, Western New York's oldest and largest stamp show, will be held from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. next Saturday and from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. March 8.

The event, sponsored by the Buffalo Stamp Club, will take place at the Pvt. Leonard Post Jr. Post 6251, Veterans of Foreign Wars, 2450 Walden Ave., Cheektowaga, and will feature exhibits of stamps and postal history.

The theme of this year's show is the 200th anniversary of the birth of Abraham Lincoln.

Twelve dealers will be on hand and experienced collectors will answer questions at a hospitality table.

Parking, admissions and door prizes are free. Lunch is available for purchase.

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>Host families being sought for foreign exchange students

Host families are sought for exchange students from around the world for the 2009-10 school year, ASSE International Student Exchange Programs reports.

The students, age 15 to 18, will arrive shortly before the school year begins and return at the end of the semester or school year.

Each ASSE student is fully insured, brings personal spending money and expects to share in household responsibilities and be included in normal family activities.

Families may select a youngster of their choice from student applications, biographical essays and family photos. To find out more about the program, call ASSE area coordinator Melanie Donelson at 731-1442 or e-mail melanieasseeast@roadrunner.com.

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