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>10% of county drivers have enhanced licenses

The Erie County Auto Bureau issued its first enhanced driver's license one year ago today. Since then, County Clerk Kathleen C. Hochul reports, more than 60,000 have been processed.

One out of every 10 drivers in the county now has one, she said, and that amounts to 35 percent of the enhanced licenses for the entire state. In May, June and July, the Auto Bureau offices averaged 10,000 applications for enhanced licenses per month.

"The Peace Bridge Authority [credits] our aggressive community outreach efforts as one of the reasons why Peace Bridge traffic declined only 7 percent for the year, while the comparable Ambassador Bridge in Detroit fell 10 percent," Hochul noted.

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>Temple will dedicate garden honoring cantor, victims

A memorial garden honoring Cantor Susan Wehle and the other 49 victims of the crash of Continental Connection Flight 3407 in Clarence Center will be dedicated at 6:30 p.m. Sept. 25 at Temple Beth Am, 4660 Sheridan Drive, Amherst.

The garden will be centered around an autumn blaze maple tree similar to the tree that survived at the scene of the crash in February, said Michael Millman, chairman of the temple's Susan Wehle Memorial Committee. Wehle was the cantor at Beth Am for seven years.

The ceremony will be followed by a Shabbat service at 7:30 p.m. and a reception sponsored by the memorial committee.

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>Volunteers needed to clean up park beach

Volunteers are needed to help clean up the beach at Lake Erie State Park from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday.

Participants will be provided with disposable gloves and trash bags, and they will be asked to record data as they collect material from the beach. A weigh-in and tally will take place at the end of the event.

Light refreshments will be available, but it is suggested that participants bring a lunch.

Volunteers must register at the pavilion in the campground upon their arrival. For more information, call 792-9214.

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>School Board gets look at intervention program

The City of Tonawanda School Board got a primer on a new intervention program that will be mandated by the state in 2012 during a workshop session last week.

The new Response to Intervention program will help the district determine whether a young student has a learning disability by the fourth grade. A four-tiered system will examine core programs taught at the elementary level.

When test results and other data are examined, district officials will help students who have fallen behind in instruction. Students still having difficulty after intervention will have longer, more focused sessions of more than 90 minutes a week.

With the state mandating an intervention program be in place by the beginning of the 2012-13 school year, officials in Tonawanda hope to begin integrating the program this year.

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