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Candidates being sought for redistricting commission

The Erie County Legislature every 10 years forms a citizen commission to help guide its legislative redistricting, made more complicated this year by the shift from 15 to 11 members.

Citizens interested in serving on the panel are asked to submit a letter of interest by Feb. 4 to: Robert M. Graber, Clerk of the Erie County Legislature, 92 Franklin St., fourth floor, Buffalo, NY 14202.


Narnia exhibit opens Monday and continues through May 8

The mythical land of Narnia will come alive in the next major traveling exhibit in the Buffalo Museum of Science.

"The Chronicles of Narnia: The Exhibit," which opens Monday, includes more than 50 original costumes from the blockbuster Narnia film series, as well as set dressings and props, educational interactive displays, videos and interviews with scientists. Admission will be $2 with paid museum admission. It continues through May 8. For information, visit


Get rid of old electronics Saturday at Buffalo State

People who want to dispose of old computers or other electronic devices are encouraged to visit a drop-off site Saturday.

The city and county are sponsoring the free event in conjunction with Buffalo State EverGreen and Western New York AmeriCorps. People can bring items to the campus of Buffalo State College between 9 a.m. and 1 p.m.

Only household electronic devices will be accepted.


Three-year contract OK'd for business administrator

Susan Arena, business administrator of the Silver Creek School District, has been hired by the Depew Union Free School District.

The Board of Education on Tuesday approved a three-year contract for Arena, who has 25 years' experience as a school business administrator. She replaces Theresa Rusin, who retired last month after 20 years with the district. Arena starts Feb. 21.


Signings of fire contracts conclude contentious chapter

Representatives from the Town of Boston and its three fire companies signed fire protection contracts Wednesday night.

Terms of the three-year contracts had been negotiated late last month, and call for no increase in the $150,940 paid to each company this year, and 3 percent raises in 2012 and 2013. The Town Board conducted a public hearing Wednesday and approved the contracts afterward.

The board in August canceled the firefighting contracts as of Dec. 31 and wanted to negotiate new ones.

The two sides couldn't reach an agreement, and firefighters warned that without a contract, they would be legally unable to answer calls.

An agreement was reached in late December.