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Attorney Naughton picked for redistricting panel

LOCKPORT -- Attorney Charles J. Naughton of Wheatfield, a former chairman of the Niagara County Democratic Committee, will be appointed to the sole Democratic seat on the County Legislature redistricting commission.

Minority Leader Dennis F. Virtuoso, D-Niagara Falls, disclosed his choice Thursday. The boundaries of the new Legislature districts for the reduced 15-member body to be elected in November are to be drawn by a five-member commission.

Two members are to be chosen by Chairman William L. Ross, C-Wheatfield, and two by the Republican-led majority caucus, of which Ross is a member.


Auditions scheduled for parts in 'Our Town'

Auditions for parts in "Our Town" by Thornton Wilder will be held from 7 to 9 p.m. today and Tuesday in the Ghostlight Theatre, 170 Schenck St., North Tonawanda.

Ten men, eight women, two boys and one girl are needed. Candidates will be asked to give a cold reading in a group setting. No appointment is necessary. Performances are Feb. 10-27.


Nominations being sought for Preservation Award

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

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


Cervical cancer screening can earn $10 gift card

NIAGARA FALLS -- Uninsured women age 40 and older can receive a $10 gift card to Budwey's supermarkets by completing a cervical cancer screening through the Niagara County Health Department.

Breast and colon cancer screenings also are eligible for the $10 prize. Women over 40 who lack health coverage may call 278-8285 for appointments.


'Climate Change Cafe' to be offered by DEC

The state Department of Environmental Conservation will offer "Climate Change Cafe" at 1 p.m. Jan. 15 at Reinstein Woods Environmental Education Center, 83 Honorine Drive, Town of Cheektowaga.

Participants will receive a free copy of "Low-Carbon Diet: A 30-Day Program to Lose 5000 Pounds" as part of an action plan to put their home on an "energy diet." A list of resources available in Western New York will be provided, such as recycling and transportation options. For information, call 683-5959.