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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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41 to graduate from program that fosters entrepreneurship

NIAGARA FALLS -- Certificates of graduation will be presented at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday to 41 people who have completed the city's Entrepreneurial Training Program by Mayor Paul A. Dyster during a public ceremony in the City Council Chambers.

The program brings people who are interested in developing a business into a classroom where the basics of business operation are reviewed and taught. Some of the graduates are planning to open businesses soon, and others are earning the certificate with an eye toward opening a business in the future.

D'Youville College will present an award to the graduate deemed to have the most-effective business plan.

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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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Pupils launch campaign to promote recycling

NIAGARA FALLS -- Pupils at Maple Avenue School, 952 Maple Ave., have signed up more than 50 neighbors, friends and relatives to get recycling bins in advance of the school's Science Fair and Recycling Education Day beginning at 4 p.m. Wednesday.

They also have started recycling in the school, and each classroom is charting its progress.

The program is part of a campaign to educate DeVeaux neighborhood residents on the importance of recycling.

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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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