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School board workshop set for prospective candidates

The Erie County Association of School Boards holds its annual workshop for prospective school board candidates from 8:30 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. Saturday at the Erie 1 Board of Cooperative Educational Services, 355 Harlem Road, West Seneca.

The general sessions will cover the election process, legal issues, the relationship between board members and school administrators and other topics. Participants will include new and longtime board members, attorneys Karl Kristoff and Jeffrey Swiatek and representatives of the Erie County Board of Elections.

The workshop is free of charge, and a continental breakfast will be served. Reservations may be made at 821-7297 or by e-mailing snowak@e1b.org.

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Passport Fair to accept applications Saturday

A Passport Fair will be conducted in the Hamburg town clerk's office from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. today to provide information and accept passport applications.

"We have received notification of a proposed rate increase of as much as $35 for passports, so we want our residents to apply now before the increase becomes effective," Town Clerk Cathy Rybczynski said.

The clerk's office also accepts passport applications during regular office hours.

Information on the cost and how to apply for a U.S. passport is available at travel.state.gov. or by calling the National Passport Information Center toll-free at (877) 487-2778 or the town clerk's office at 649-6111, Ext. 2345.

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WBFO says $230,000 tally is best in fund drive history

The University at Buffalo's radio station, WBFO 88.7 FM, has completed the most successful fundraising drive in the station's 51-year history.

The drive, which began March 18 and ended Thursday, raised $230,000. The previous high for an on-air fundraising drive at WBFO was $200,000.

Station officials said 1,538 listeners from Western New York and southern Ontario pledged their support. General Manager Mark Vogelzang said listeners have reacted positively to the station's recent program changes, including requests for more programming produced by National Public Radio.

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