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>Officials offer warning in wake of bear sighting

NEWFANE -- A bear was spotted wandering around Newfane on Saturday morning, Niagara County sheriff's officials said.

Authorities aren't too concerned about the sighting, saying it's typical to see bears in the area this time of year. The bear seen Saturday morning also did not exhibit any aggressive behavior.

But law enforcement officials did warn residents to take some common sense steps, such as putting away bird feeders and grills that might attract a hungry bear.


>Hospital gets $25,000 grant for new medication system

NIAGARA FALLS -- Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center has been awarded $25,000 by the Cardinal Health Foundation to support its new bedside medication administration program.

It will use bar-code technology to connect caregivers with information systems at the point of care, thereby reducing medication errors.

The medical center's proposal was one of 40 selected nationwide by the foundation.


>Historian's Office workshop on security plans scheduled

LOCKPORT -- The Niagara County Historian's Office will host a free workshop on security for museums, galleries and historical societies from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. Wednesday in the Warren J. Rathke Public Safety Training Facility, 5574 Niagara St. Extension.

Niagara County Historian Catherine Emerson said the workshop "will address the demand for information about what to do to protect the valuable historic and art collections we hold, as well as guard the safety of our volunteers, docents and staff in the event of an incident."

Sheriff James R. Voutour said he recommends a comprehensive security plan for museums, including video surveillance, employee background checks, regular inventories and security at displays.


>School Board changes course on possible CWM donation

LEWISTON -- The Lewiston-Porter School Board has reversed itself and is no longer willing to accept a potential donation from CWM Chemical Services.

The board last week voted to rescind a measure it passed May 25 that would have made the district eligible to receive a donation from a charity golf tournament to be held by CWM's parent company at the Niagara Falls Country Club in Lewiston later this year.

Some believed the May 25 resolution may have been used by CWM -- which operates a hazardous waste landfill facility in the towns of Lewiston and Porter -- to gain favor from the state in its attempts to obtain an expansion permit.

The School Board voted last year to oppose the expansion proposal.

Board members Robert J. Weller and Edward B. Waller voted against rescinding the measure Tuesday, while President Keith M. Fox and members Michael J. Gentile, April D. Fideli and Wendy Swearingen voted to overturn the board's previous decision.

Fox and Gentile voted last month to make the district eligible for the donation by CWM.