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Clarence travel plaza to suspend fuel services

Fuel services at the Thruway's Clarence travel plaza, located westbound just before Exit 49 for Depew, will be temporarily suspended beginning Monday for canopy renovations, according to the Thruway Authority.

Fuel services will be suspended through Thursday.

The restaurant and restroom services will remain available at the plaza.

Motorists will be instructed by signs to obtain fuel at the Ontario travel plaza, 36 miles east of the Clarence plaza, or the Angola travel plaza, 35 miles west of the Clarence plaza.

The fuel renovation project at the Clarence plaza is part of a three-year project occurring in phases at all Thruway travel plazas operated by Sunoco.

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Drop-off day set for hazardous waste

A household hazardous waste drop-off day will be held from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. today at Honeywell, 20 Peabody St.

Items that can be brought for free and proper disposal are pesticides, fertilizers, pool and household chemicals and cleaners, oil-based paints, spray cans, oil, gasoline, kerosene and antifreeze, paint thinner, stripper and solvents, batteries, mercury and propane tanks and cylinders. No tires, latex paint, computers, appliances or commercial and industrial wastes are allowed.

For more information, call 858-6800 or go to www.erie.gov/environment.

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'Discover Delaware' includes sidewalk sale

Residents are invited to "Discover Delaware" today in the Village of Kenmore.

The weekly farmers' market on the municipal green, at the corner of Delaware Avenue and Delaware Road, opens at 8 a.m. and will have extended hours. Local merchants will open at 10 a.m. for a sidewalk sale.

"This event is designed to introduce people to the many wonderful stores, shops and restaurants in the village," said Mayor Patrick Mang.

The day's activities also will include music, crafts and jewelry, with prize drawings beginning at 1:30 p.m.

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House passes Lee bill on reporting financial data

WASHINGTON -- The House on Wednesday unanimously passed a bill introduced by Rep. Chris Lee, R-Clarence, that aims to protect investors and the general public from flawed reporting of financial data while making it easier for companies to comply with reporting standards.

The bipartisan bill would require the Securities and Exchange Commission, the Financial Accounting Standards Board and the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board to update Congress annually on efforts to make financial data more accessible to investors and to reduce the complexity of the financial reporting process.

"We won't be able to fully restore investor and consumer confidence unless we have a system that allows for the clearest and most accurate financial reporting," said Lee, a Clarence Republican who serves on the House Financial Services Committee.

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