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Pond hockey tournament has slot for one more

There's new hope for hockey teams that missed their chance to play in the sold-out fourth annual Labatt Blue Pond Hockey Tournament Feb. 11 to 13 on outdoor rinks in Buffalo's Erie Basin Marina.

One team will be chosen to play in the tournament from entries received online at www.LabattBlueUS.com/buffalo by Jan. 31. To enter, teams will need a special code that is available at Wilson Farms locations throughout Western New York. Rules can be found at the website. A winner will be chosen on or about Feb. 1. Ten runners-up will be awarded hockey gear. No purchase is necessary.

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Memorabilia being sought on broadcasting's 'golden age'

Two of Buffalo's top "pop culture" historians are looking for the public's help for a series of upcoming projects about Buffalo radio and TV during the "golden age" of broadcasting.

Steve Cichon, creator of StaffAnnouncer.com, and Marty Biniasz, co-founder of ForgottenBuffalo.com, are asking for local residents' help in finding photos, autographs and other images related to the city's rich radio and television history.

The items, to be used in book, display and web-based projects, will be scanned, documented and returned to their owners. Visit www.ForgottenBuffalo.com or www.StaffAnnouncer.com.

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Scholarship applications available for seniors

Housing Opportunities Made Equal is accepting applications for the Joanne Champion Granger Scholarship, which is given to a high school senior who has high academic achievement and has shown a commitment to human rights or equal opportunity in housing.

Applications are available by calling education coordinator Grace McKenzie at 854-1400, Ext. 22, or from HOME's website at www.homeny.org. Applications are due Feb. 18. The winner will be recognized at HOME's 48th annual meeting and dinner April 28 in Buffalo Niagara Convention Center.

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Alden corrections officers overwhelmingly reject offer

Corrections officers at the Erie County Correctional Facility in Alden overwhelmingly rejected a contract offer that would have provided a higher pay grade starting this year and 2 percent raises starting next year in exchange for less paid leave and employee contributions to their health insurance.

However, the offer gave the members no retroactive raises for the years they went without a contract -- since 2007. It provided no uniform allowance and expected the officers to give up Columbus Day and Election Day as paid holidays, as well as other time off. The cost of health care was left open-ended and.

The officers bargained as a unit within the Civil Service Employees Association, Local 815, which also rejected a contract offer from County Executive Chris Collins.

A Collins spokesman said 90 percent of the corrections officers rejected a proposal that was "fair to both union members and taxpayers."

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