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Ex-PTA president seeks Legislature seat

LOCKPORT -- Barbara L. Zellner of North Tonawanda, a self-described "stay-at-home mom," has entered the race for Niagara County Legislature in the 9th District.

She and former North Tonawanda Alderman Dennis J. Barberio, both Democrats, are to be interviewed at 7 p.m. today in the county's Center for Economic Development in Wheatfield for appointment to the seat -- vacated by Andrea L. McNulty, who moved out of the district -- for the rest of this year. Neither is running in the November election.

Zellner, a Witmer Road resident and mother of three, is a past president of the Drake Elementary School PTA. Her application for the vacant seat was postmarked before Friday's 5 p.m. deadline and arrived in Monday's mail at the Legislature office.

Three legislators -- Paul B. Wojtaszek, R-North Tonawanda; Jason J. Cafarella, D-Niagara Falls; and Legislature Chairman William L. Ross, C-Wheatfield -- will interview the candidates and recommend an appointee.


Medical Center to offer adults seasonal flu shots

NIAGARA FALLS -- Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center will conduct a public flu shot clinic for adults 18 and older from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday at the medical center, 621 10th St.

Seasonal influenza vaccine and pneumonia vaccine will be available.

Public health officials urge people to get vaccinated as soon as possible against seasonal flu, which is expected to circulate along with the new H1N1 flu.

The first batches of H1N1 influenza, or swine flu, vaccine are expected to become available in mid-October. Those seeking flu shots Saturday should use the hospital's 10th Street entrance or the walkway from the attached parking ramp, where free parking will be provided. To expedite the inoculation process, wear a short-sleeved shirt or top.

Patients with health insurance, including Medicare, should be prepared to present insurance cards. No co-pay will be required. Those who do not have insurance will be charged $20 for a flu shot.

People exhibiting cold-like symptoms, including an elevated temperature, should wait until the next clinic to get flu shots.

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