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Census road tour to visit Seneca-Iroquois Museum

SALAMANCA -- The Portrait of America Census Road Tour will visit the Seneca-Iroquois National Museum on Thursday. It features interactive kiosks where people can learn about how the census affects their communities.

The U.S. Census Bureau launched a road tour earlier this year to visit cities across New England and upstate New York, encouraging people to complete and return census forms when they arrive this month.

Census data influences how more than $400 billion in federal funding is distributed. The tour van will be available from 2 to 5 p.m. at the museum at 814 Broad St. The complete road tour schedule is available at www.2010census.gov.

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Paladino says health law will kill more than 9/1 1

Buffalo developer Carl Paladino said Tuesday that the national health care plan signed into law by President Obama will kill more Americans than the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks did.

"I fear the results of Obamacare will be so horrific that it will kill more Americans through deteriorating health care than were lost on 9/1 1," he said. "Nothing can lessen the terrible events of that day, but in terms of raw numbers, more will suffer and die through Obamacare."

Paladino, who is planning to announce his run for governor April 5 as part of the "tea party" movement, made the remark in on the Curtis Sliwa radio show in New York City.

He called on Attorney General Andrew M. Cuomo to join 13 states suing to stop the legislation. Paladino referred to Cuomo, a likely Democratic candidate for governor, as "Prince Andrew."

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Planning Board to meet Thursday in County Center

LITTLE VALLEY -- The Cattaraugus County Planning Board will meet at 7 p.m. Thursday in the County Center to make plans for its annual meeting and award.

The Brooks Patterson Community Leadership Award is given annually to a person who shows leadership qualities in planning for a community.

Various local municipal zoning variances will be considered, including one in the Town of Allegany to create a wind overlay zoning district.

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Maid of the Mist ready to begin season April 10

NIAGARA FALLS -- The Maid of the Mist boat rides will begin their 2010 season April 10, two weeks earlier than last year, thanks to a mild winter and favorable ice conditions.

The rides in the gorge just below the falls in the Niagara River will depart, as usual, from landings on both the American and Canadian sides of the river, according to Christopher Glynn, president of the boat company. The 30-minute-long trips will start operating at 10 a.m. daily, with trips beginning every 15 minutes, Glynn said Tuesday.

The Maid of the Mist fleet consists of four steel-hulled diesel-powered boats. The first Maid, a wooden-hulled steamboat, was launched in 1846. The boat rides take passengers close to the base of the falls, where the mist is ever-present.

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