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>Native American agency recives job training grant

Native American Community Services of Erie and Niagara Counties will receive $147,302 in grants from the U.S. Department of Labor to support job training and placement services under the Workforce Investment Act Indian and Native American Program.

Also receiving $252,296 in grants under the same program, including $32,196 for programs for at-risk youth, is the Seneca Nation of Indians. The youth program will offer summer and year-round jobs and training.

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>Hospice officials warn about fundraising scam

LOCKPORT -- Niagara Hospice officials said Friday that several Niagara County residents have notified them in the last month about fundraising solicitors who claim they are raising funds for Niagara Hospice.

"Niagara Hospice is not involved in any fundraising phone solicitations to residents. Our fundraising is traditionally done by mail and we caution people to be wary of anyone calling them to request a donation commitment," said Tricia Degan, director of marketing and public relations for the nonprofit.

Degan asked that anyone receiving the false calls ask the caller for contact information and report it to Niagara Hospice by calling 439-4417.

Anyone wishing to make a donation to Niagara Hospice may do so by mailing it to the organization at 4675 Sunset Drive, Lockport, NY 14094; or, donors may make a secure online donation at www.NiagaraHospice.org.

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>Canal Fest ride vouchers available online, in stores

Canal Fest presale ride tickets are now available at several locations in the Tonawandas.

Get 12 rides for $20, except for the Vortex, which requires two presale tickets, by purchasing ticket vouchers online at www.canalfest.org and clicking on the "presale ticket" button by July 17.

Canal Fest runs from July 18-25 along the Erie Canal in the Twin Cities.

Each ticket is good for one ride, regardless of size, with the exception of the Vortex. A $2 fee per 12-ride card will be added to the online order.

Presale tickets also can be purchased in the Herschell Carrousel Factory Museum, Budwey's and Tops in North Tonawanda; and Lane Jewelers, Walgreens, and both Tops stores in Tonawanda.

For more information, call the carousel museum at 693-1885.

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>Cornell Cooperative unveils its new Web site

LOCKPORT -- Cornell Cooperative Extension of Niagara County recently unveiled a new Web site, www.cceniagaracounty.org.

The site includes information about agriculture, consumer sciences, 4-H, the county fair, events, classes and a listing of 114 individual and community farm markets in the county.

That farm market listing also can be accessed at www.pickniagara.org, and is part of a new agri-tourism campaign called "Pick Niagara."