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>Federal stimulus funds will aid unemployed

Catholic Charities has received federal stimulus money to help Erie County residents who have recently lost their jobs.

The funds can be used for food or for one-time help with a rent or mortgage payment. The 2009 Federal Poverty Guidelines will be among the criteria used to determine eligibility for food assistance. For eligibility, call Catholic Charities' Buffalo office at 856-4494.

Other local groups offering assistance through stimulus funds include the Buffalo Urban League for rental and mortgage assistance at 854-7625 and Community Action Organization for food assistance at 881-5150.


>Teacher on medical leave sues Iroquois district

A faculty member on medical leave from Elma Primary School is suing the Iroquois School District, district officials learned last week.

Although Superintendent Neil Rochelle declined to discuss the lawsuit filed by Jene-Elise Stahura-Uhl, the action was listed in federal court as "job discrimination (handicap)."

Rochelle said more than 150 points are listed in the action against the district, which covers the period of 2006 through 2009. Stahura-Uhl, a special-education and academic intervention teacher, was on leave most of the 2008-09 school year, the superintendent said.

Earlier this week, the School Board approved an extension of Stahura-Uhl's unpaid leave.

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