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NEWS & NOTES

>CHESS WINNERS

Members of the East High Chess Team and Urban Knights Chess Club took part in the 12th annual Hornell High School Chess Tournament last weekend. More than 30 players from Western New York participated. Second place top honor went to Miles A. James, a third-grader at Olmsted School. Christian Collier, a senior at East High, took third place top honor. The team will participate in the David Evans Jr. Memorial Grand Prix April 10 in the Main Place Mall. Also, the team will travel April 16 to the U.S. High School Championships in Columbus, Ohio.

Pictured, front row, from left, are team members Joshua Hampton, sophomore; Christian Collier, senior; Miles A. James, third grade; and James Hampton, sophomore. Back row, from left, Hornell tournament director Garry Reynolds; Da'Ron Lipscomb, fourth grade; and Michael A. McDuffie, U.S. Chess Federation coach.

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>CAREER CAMPS

Registration is being accepted for Erie 1 BOCES Career Summer Camps for middle school students. The camps will be offered July 26-30 and Aug. 2-6. Topics include animation, behind the scenes of a theatrical production, acrylic painting, career planning, culinary kids, constructing a hover craft, fitness, nails and hairstyling, team challenge building towers and bridges, and video production. Cost is $95 for half-day camps and $165 for full-day camps. To register, visit www.e1b.org or call Diane Scholl at 821-7390.

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WRITING INVITATIONAL

The Burchfield Penney Art Center, 1300 Elmwood Ave., invites high school and college students to become art critics and review "Heat Waves in a Swamp: The Paintings of Charles Burchfield," which is on view at the art center through May 23. The deadline for entries is May 1. For information, e-mail ryderah@buffalostate.edu.

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>WORK AT WILDLIFE REFUGE

Iroquois National Wildlife Refuge in Alabama, N.Y., is accepting applications to fill four positions for its Youth Conservation Corps. Positions will be for 40 hours per week from June 28 through Aug. 20. The program is open to boys and girls ages 15 to 18. Applicants cannot reach 19 during their term of employment. Projects include trail maintenance, construction, outreach and more. For an application or more information, call (585) 948-5445.

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>SCHOLARSHIPS

The New York State Association of Agricultural Fairs and the New York State Showpeople's Association will award six scholarships to high school seniors or college students who are pursuing a degree in a field related to agriculture, fair management or outdoor amusement. Qualifying students must be active at the Erie County Fair and may submit their applications, which can be downloaded from www.nyfairs.org, to the Erie County Fair office, 5600 McKinley Parkway, Hamburg. Deadline is April 9.

Also, the Erie County Agricultural Society and Fairgrounds Gaming are awarding scholarships to high school seniors or college students pursuing a variety of studies or those who have shown active participation at the Erie County Fair. Applications may be obtained at www.the-fairgrounds.com. Deadline is April 16.

For information, call 649-3900, Ext. 403.

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>FILM SERIES

The Riviera Theatre and YWCA of the Tonawandas Family Film Series continues with "Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Squeakquel" (PG) at 1 p.m. Saturday at the theater, 67 Webster St., North Tonawanda. Cost is $2.

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