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Child safety seat program will require reservations

OLEAN -- Beginning in 2011, appointments will be necessary at the monthly Cattaraugus County child safety seat program.

The fitting station will continue to be held at the Allegany Fire Department on the third Thursday of the month.

As of the Jan. 20 check, appointments will be held from 4 to 5:40 p.m. by calling 701-3407 and will be on a first-come, first-served basis. An appointment is needed for each seat.

The program is sponsored by the county's Sheriff's Office, Health Department and Governor's Traffic Safety Committee.

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Restaurants urged to join Healthy Choices project

Area restaurants interested in participating in a new Erie County Health Department initiative that will put nutrition information on menus are encouraged to enroll in the program by clicking on the Healthy Choices Restaurants Nutrition Labeling program box at the right hand column of the Erie County website, www.erie.gov.

The first 200 restaurants to enroll can create and display nutrition facts for up to four menu items -- at no cost to the restaurateur.

Using special software, nutrition labels will be printed out and displayed for customer use, either in a table top display or overlaid on the menu.

Call Cheryll Moore, project coordinator, for more information at 858-7695.

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Meeting to discuss ban on selling pet-store pups

WNY Citizens Against Puppy Mills and Amherst Town Council Member Mark Manna are co-hosting a meeting to discuss a possible townwide ban on the sale of pet-store puppies in Amherst.

The meeting will be at 7 p.m. Wednesday in the Harlem Road Community Center, 4255 Harlem Road, Amherst.

Officials with the WNY citizens group say the vast majority of pet-store puppies are obtained from what they call "horrific Midwest mass breeding kennels commonly known as puppy mills."

The organization is inviting any Amherst residents interested in supporting legislation to ban the retail sale of pet-store puppies.

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Public school district given accreditation

NIAGARA FALLS -- The city's public school district has received an accreditation from the Middle States Association, affirming that each of its schools "provides a high quality of education to its students and community," according to School Superintendent Cynthia A. Bianco.

The accreditation was made after a four-day visit to the district in May by an organization called the School Alliance for Continuous Improvement. The review process requires an outside organization to review the district's strengths and to make recommendations for future growth.

Middle States representatives interviewed teachers, students, parents, administrators and members of the School Board, and they toured several school buildings.

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