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Electronics recycling event planned at ECC South

A recycling drop-off day for computers, electronics, textiles and bicycles will be held from 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday at Erie Community College South Campus in Orchard Park.

The event is free and open to all Erie County residents. Participants must certify that their items are household-generated. No commercial- or industrial-generated electronics will be accepted.

Items accepted include computer systems (CPUs, monitors, mice, keyboards, printers and scanners), audio speakers, cell phones, fax machines, wired, copiers, video game systems, VCRs, DVD players, televisions, fluorescent bulbs and ballasts, and rechargeable batteries. Clothing and textiles will be reused at Goodwill retail locations or recycled.

All bicycles collected will be used for bike repair, maintenance and safety education or will be recycled by the Blue Bicycle and Recycle-a-Bicycle programs.

For more information, call the Erie County Recycling Hotline at 858-6996, e-mail recycle@erie.gov or visit www.erie.gov/environment/compliance.

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$200,000 from the state to fund rink upgrades

State funding totaling $200,000 will provide upgrades to the North Buffalo Ice Rink.

The grant was announced Wednesday during a news conference at the Tacoma Avenue rink held by Mayor Byron W. Brown and State Sen. Antoine M. Thompson, D-Buffalo, who is credited with helping to obtain the grant.

"These improvements will make the facility safer for skaters and spectators and also make the building more energy-efficient," Thompson said.

The upgrades include new safety glass and railings at the visitor and guest viewing area, energy-efficient gas furnaces for locker rooms, chiller and electrical upgrades for the rink and a new garage door for the Zamboni and other equipment.

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Residents face deadline on disaster jobless benefits

The state Department of Labor is reminding residents of Erie, Chautauqua and Cattaraugus counties who were left without a job by the August storms that they must file for disaster unemployment benefits by Oct. 12.

The special disaster unemployment assistance is meant to help people who are ineligible for regular unemployment insurance.

The program can provide aid to people in the three counties who can't work because, for example, they were injured or their business was destroyed in the storms or the flooding that followed.

The first step in obtaining this assistance is to file for regular unemployment insurance by calling the department at (888) 209-8124. For more information on this program, call (866) 642-7227.

Also Wednesday, the state Emergency Management Office and the Federal Emergency Management Agency announced that $3.6 million in federal disaster aid has been approved so far for residents and business owners who suffered losses due to the storm and flooding.

In all, 1,094 people in the three counties have applied for disaster aid and employees of the two agencies have conducted 847 home inspections to date.

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