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Salmonella scare targets Marie Callender's entree

Area food retailers announced Friday that ConAgra Foods has issued a voluntary recall of Marie Callender's Cheesy Chicken and Rice single-serve frozen entrees.

The recall is in response to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's investigation of links between the product and 29 laboratory-confirmed cases of salmonella. Of 29 confirmed cases, eight have specifically reported eating the entree in April or May, just before they became ill.

The product identification is: Marie Callender's Cheesy Chicken & Rice White Meat Chicken and Broccoli over Rice Topped with Rich Cheddar Sauce, 13 ounces -- 2113150469. Each package is labeled with establishment number

"P-45" inside the USDA mark of inspection. Call the ConAgra Food hotline at 866-484-9610.

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Annual Strawberry Fest on tap today, Sunday

YOUNGSTOWN -- St. John's Episcopal Church will host its annual Strawberry Fest today and Sunday.

The festival runs from noon to 4 p.m. at the church, Main and Chestnut streets. Homemade strawberry shortcake will be served, along with grilled foods and salads. Tours of the church will be held at 1 p.m. both days, and a basket auction is planned.

A special tribute to active-duty members and veterans of the U.S. armed services will be held at 2 p.m. today, featuring the music of the Lockport Community Band.

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Notice of claim lodged over shoving allegation

LEWISTON -- A town resident who claims Supervisor Steven L. Reiter pushed him in Town Hall during a heated discussion in March has notified the town he might sue over the incident.

Resident William E. Kraft last week filed a notice of claim for personal injuries and damages against the Town of Lewiston for the March 19 incident in which he has accused Reiter of pushing him into a doorway in Town Hall.

The claim states that Kraft was injured and experienced emotional distress. Kraft told state police in March that Reiter pushed him during a discussion about a town firing range on Harold Road. At the time, Reiter said he did not push Kraft but placed his hands on him as he tried to leave the room. No criminal charges were filed.

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Nominating petitions circulated by candidates

LOCKPORT -- Nominating petition season is under way for candidates who seek spots on the Sept. 14 primary ballot.

Niagara County Democratic Election Commissioner Nancy L. Smith said Tuesday that petitions must be submitted or mailed between July 12-15.

Besides statewide, state legislative and congressional races, local contests will include Niagara County judge, county treasurer, 14th District county legislator, North Tonawanda city clerk-treasurer and Lewiston councilman and highway superintendent. Information about the number of valid petition signatures needed to qualify for the ballot is available from the Board of Elections.

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