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Collector's Gallery to close permanently

The Collector's Gallery section of the Albright-Knox Art Gallery will close permanently on Thursday.

Since 1933, the Collector's Gallery has provided customers with opportunities to either view, rent or buy original works of art.

Louis Grachos, director of the Albright-Knox, said the decision to close it was "difficult but necessary."

"It is part of an ongoing audit of all our activities as we strive to build a more efficient operation," Grachos said in a statement Friday.

Eras Bechakas, the volunteer chairwoman of the Collector's Gallery, said the decision will help ensure the stability and growth of the Albright-Knox.


History museum holds its annual book sale

NORTH TONAWANDA -- The North Tonawanda History Museum will hold its Fall Used Book Sale from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday in the new museum headquarters at 54 Webster St.

Along with books, a large collection of 78 RPM records, including music of the first half of the 20th century, will be sold.
Enrico Caruso records and albums and a collection of jazz music will be among them.

Paperbacks will cost 50 cents each, or three for $1; hardcover books are $1 each, or three for $2.

The popular "Bag of Books," is $5, and entails the purchase of a bag from Museum volunteers, allowing the customer to fill it with as many books as will fit for the $5.

Proceeds will benefit museum operations.

Donations of books may be delivered to the museum from 9 a.m. and 9 p.m. Monday, and 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays.


Fire company hosts 5K run to benefit scholarship

PENDLETON -- A 5K run and 2-mile fitness walk to benefit the David M. Borner Memorial Scholarship Fund starts at 9:45 a.m. Saturday at the Wendelville Volunteer Fire Co. grove, 7340 Campbell Blvd.

Post-race party and award ceremony will follow.

The cost is $20. To register, go to For information, call 832-0648.

Borner is among the 50 people who died last February in the Continental Connection Flight 3407 crash.


Independent Living to host 'Meet the Candidates Day'

NIAGARA FALLS -- Independent Living of Niagara County will host a "Meet the Candidates Day" from 1 to 5 p.m. Oct. 28 in Niagara Falls Public Library, 1425 Main St.

Anyone who attends will have the opportunity to hear and question candidates on the November ballot.

Accommodations will be made for people with disabilities, including sign language interpreters for the deaf and an assistive listening system for hard of hearing individuals.

A limited amount of free transportation is available for participants with disabilities. Transportation is available by reservation on a first-come, first-served basis. For more information, call 836-0822, Ext. 150.

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