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Food Bank seeking votes in Facebook competition

The Food Bank of WNY is appealing to the public to vote on Facebook by Friday to help it obtain up to $1 million in a national competition to fight hunger.

Walmart has established the competition involving 100 cities, with the first food shelter receiving $1 million, and the next five getting $100,000. The Food Bank, which had been in second place but more recently slipped to sixth, needs Facebook users to vote at http://fight

inghunger.walmart.com/city/Buffalo-Niagara-Falls-NY.

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After-school program will lower rates

YOUNGSTOWN -- In an effort to reach as many families in the community as possible, regardless of their economic situation, the Kids Count After School Enrichment Program held in First Presbyterian Church will lower its rates to $2 per child per day.

The new rates will take effect Monday.

Kids Count is a nonreligious program that nurtures the educational, physical, emotional and social growth and development of children in grades K-8 in the Lewiston-Porter School District.

Bus service is available from Lew-Port, Stella Niagara and St. Peter's. The program runs from 3 to 6 p.m. Monday to Friday. The rate change was made possible when the operating budget of the church was approved to include a supplemental budget item. The church's donation, as well as anticipated corporate giving and fundraising efforts, will provide the necessary funding.

The program is licensed to take 20 children daily, and enrollment will be on a first-come, first-served basis. For enrollment information or to make a donation, call 745-7067.

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Guest speaker to discuss international relations

NIAGARA FALLS -- Robin King will discuss the outlook for China, India and Brazil's relationships with the United States and the rest of the world during a reception from 7 to 9 p.m. today in the Crowne Plaza Hotel, 300 Third St.

The Crowne Plaza and the King Gallery are hosts for the event.

King currently lives in Bangalore, India, and is assigned to the Center for the Study of Science Technology and Policy.

She is on leave from Georgetown University and is researching, planning and analyzing change and economic processes for these fast-growing economies.

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Project nominations sought for award

Preservation Buffalo Niagara is seeking nominations that exemplify historic preservation projects in Western New York by Jan. 10.

The preservation organization will honor the 2011 Preservation Award recipients at a May luncheon.

Projects are being sought that illustrate excellence in restoration, adaptive reuse, stewardship, landscape preservation and compatible new construction. Individuals and organizations with outstanding preservation achievements can also be nominated.

For additional information and nomination forms, go to www.p-b-n.org.

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