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Veteran lawmaker Maziarz set for buffalonews.com

State Sen. George D. Maziarz will participate in a live online chat on buffalonews.com at 12:30 p.m. today.

Readers will be able to talk with Maziarz and ask questions of one of the region's longest-tenured state lawmakers.

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New Basil Toyota showroom clears final planning hurdle

LOCKPORT -- The town Planning Board gave final approval Wednesday to Basil Toyota's plans for a new 9,000-square-foot showroom on the former Gambino Ford site, next to its current dealership.

Building Inspector Brian M. Belson said Basil, which bought the Gambino property for $975,000 after a bank foreclosed on the mortgage, will tear down the former Gambino showroom and construct its new one as an addition to an existing building closer to the rear of the Gambino property.

Also, the board set public hearings for 7 p.m. Feb. 16 on special-use permits for a new Tim Hortons on Robinson Road near Beattie Avenue and for the new Scapelliti's Super Store behind the current one on Chestnut Ridge Road.

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Valedictorian accepted into U.S. Naval Academy

LOCKPORT -- The valedictorian of this year's Christian Central Academy graduating class has been accepted to the U.S. Naval Academy, Rep. Chris Lee announced Thursday.

Emelie Gidley of Lockport also will be presented with the Silver Congressional Award at 4 p.m. today in Lee's district office in Amherst.

Lee nominated Gidley to the Annapolis Class of 2015 after submitting two essays and three sealed letters of recommendation, and going through an interview by a Service Academy Board.

The Congressional Award is for meeting goals in voluntary public service, personal development, physical fitness and exploration.

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Information session planned on childhood weight initiative

LEWISTON -- The health care professionals at Mount St. Mary's Hospital are teaming with the Niagara County Health Department and the Mental Health Association in Niagara County Inc. to offer a comprehensive childhood weight management program.

The program will involve eight sessions over a 16-week period, with an information session for parents at 6 p.m. Wednesday in Room 249 of the main hospital building, 5300 Military Road. Registration is $35 per child.

"Children who are obese are often challenged with poor self-esteem and the emotional trauma of taunting, bullying and other negative behaviors from other children," said program coordinator Honor Martin, director of education and organizational development at Mount St. Mary's.

The collaborative program will be limited to 25 children and their parents. Topics will include: "Learning to Read Your Body Signs"; "The Stoplight Signals"; "The ABCs of Nutrition"; "Don't Be a Couch Potato"; "Feeling Good About Who You Are"; and "Leading by Example."

To register, call 298-2299.