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Working Families Party backs Hochul for Lee's seat

Democrat Kathleen C. Hochul gained an important endorsement Sunday in her campaign for the 26th District congressional seat.

The Working Families Party backed Hochul's candidacy after meeting with the Erie County clerk and former Hamburg Town Board member.

"We share a lot of the same values," said Jim Lakeman, the party's regional chairman.

It came just a day after Democratic Party leaders in seven counties threw their support behind Hochul, who will face Republican Assemblywoman Jane L. Corwin in a special election May 24.

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Two local megachurches use Skype to worship together

Technology came together with theology Sunday when two local churches, The Chapel of Amherst and Eastern Hills Wesleyan Church of Clarence, connected through the Internet for a joint service.

Using Skype, both congregations were able to pray together and to view each other's pastors live on projection screens. The Revs. Jerry Gillis of The Chapel and Pat Jones of Eastern Hills Wesleyan used Skype to demonstrate their commitment to working together.

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High school art sought for congressional competition

High school students who have winning entries in the annual congressional art competition, "An Artistic Discovery," won't have to go to Washington, D.C., to see their work on display, Rep. Brian Higgins, D-Buffalo, announced. All of the artwork will be displayed online.

Entries must be submitted to Higgins' Buffalo office at 726 Exchange St., Suite 601, by April 18. All entries will be on display in the building's lobby from April 18 to May 7, when Higgins will host a reception at which the winners will be announced.

All submissions also will be posted from April 20 to May 4 online at www.higgins.house.gov. The public will be able to vote for their favorites online.

One piece from each congressional district will be displayed in the Cannon Tunnel of the U.S. Capitol Building. The winning students will attend a ribbon-cutting there. For info, visit Higgins' website or call 852-3501.

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National College Fair set March 29 and 30

The Buffalo National College Fair will be held March 29 and 30 in Buffalo Niagara Convention Center.

The annual event runs from 9 a.m. to noon and 6 to 8:30 p.m. March 29 and 9 a.m. to noon March 30.

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Board to vote on ordinance that gives dogs access to parks

The Cheektowaga Town Board is set to vote at its 6:45 p.m. meeting today about an ordinance that would allow dogs in 15 of the 17 town parks.

While some have protested the exclusion of the Stiglmeier and Town parks from the list, board members have said this proposal was a compromise: Some residents are afraid of dogs and worried about dog waste that is not picked up.

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