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Board awards contract for solid waste disposal

Orchard Park Town Board members Wednesday night awarded a contract for solid waste disposal to Allied Waste, at $1.18 million a year for five years.

The contract can be renewed every year for another five years. Modern Disposal, the current garbage vendor, and Waste Management also bid on the contract.

Town officials said the bid, while higher than the current contract, was lower than they expected. The contract is effective Jan. 1.

Board members also authorized the town to take control of dog licensing from New York State and opposed proposed state legislation that would require dogs to be microchipped and go through obedience classes with their owners.

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WNY Earth Day Family Expo to serve up eco-friendly tips

The Western New York Earth Day Family Expo will be held from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at the Buffalo Zoo.

About a dozen environmental groups, along with other organizations, will be on hand to share information on living in a more eco-friendly way. The Niagara Frontier Reading Council will also be distributing free children's books to promote literacy.

For more information, call the zoo at 837-3900 or go to www.wnyearthday.org.

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Penn Dixie outdoor facility to launch summer schedule

The Penn Dixie Paleontological and Outdoor Education Center in Hamburg will start its summer schedule this weekend.

The center will be open daily from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays and from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sundays, and closed July 4 and Labor Day.

Visitors will be introduced to the remains of the ancient creatures that once roamed the oceans that covered Western New York 380 million years ago. Visitors can collect and keep the fossils they find.

Visit the center's Web site at www.penndixie.org for directions and additional information.

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Board approves extension of superintendent's contract

The Eden School Board on Wednesday night approved a one-year extension to the contract of Superintendent Ronald K. Buggs.

The vote came after an unsuccessful attempt by School Board President Steven Cerne to table the vote.

"The concern is we don't have any tangible measurements for performance," Cerne said.

Board member Patricia Schenk agreed, saying since Buggs has two years left on his current contract, "you don't have to rush this."

Cerne also tried to table an earlier motion, to approve confidential contracts for four district employees, saying the salary information was not available.

"I have an issue with approving contracts when we don't know dollar amounts," he said.

That motion was also voted down, and the board approved the contracts.

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