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> CONSUMERISM

Lebanon bologna recalled over possible E. coli

Palmyra Bologna Co. of Palmyra, Pa., has recalled about 23,000 pounds of Lebanon bologna because it may be contaminated with E. coli, the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Food Safety and Inspection Service announced Tuesday.

Most of the recalled bologna probably was consumed weeks or months ago and is no longer on store shelves, the company said in a statement Tuesday.

Some the meat, marketed as Seltzer's Regular Beef Lebanon Bologna, may have been sold in Wegmans stores in Western New York. Company officials said it was packaged in December.

Four people came down with illness blamed on the bologna in North Carolina, New Jersey and Pennsylvania in January and February.

Recalled were six-ounce packages with a best-by date of April 20, 2011; 12-ounce packages with best-by dates of April 20 or April 21; and 16-ounce packages with a best-by date of April 22. All have a lot code of "01351."

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> NIAGARA FALLS

Mentoring program chief plans to run for mayor

NIAGARA FALLS -- Carnell Burch, 37, of Ashland Avenue, chief executive officer of a mentoring program called TP2 at Harry F. Abate Elementary School, announced Tuesday that he plans to be a candidate for mayor this year.

A lifelong resident of Niagara Falls, Burch holds a bachelor's degree in political science and a master's degree in executive leadership from Daemen College and an associate's degree in criminal justice from Niagara County Community College. He is a registered Democrat.

"I believe that Niagara Falls has been without sound leadership for the past 20 years and it is time to move the city into the right direction," Burch said in a letter announcing his candidacy.

Mayor Paul A. Dyster, also a Democrat, has announced his candidacy for re-election to a second four-year term.

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> LEWISTON

Artpark & Company seeks volunteers for summer

LEWISTON -- Artpark & Company Inc. seeks volunteers to help with upcoming summer performances, particularly at Mainstage Concert events and Tuesday in the Park and Coors Light Wednesdays free concerts.

Volunteers are needed to oversee walkways, verify tickets as ushers and as ticket takers and to help with raffles and giveaways and various other tasks.

For more information, contact Bill Geiben at 754-9000, Ext. 103, before April 20. An application form also is on Artpark's website, www.artpark.net, under the "About Us" section.

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> NATIONAL FUEL

Group presents petition for hearing on program

Members of the National Fuel Accountability Coalition presented a petition recently in Albany to the state Public Service Commission, calling for a public hearing on the utility's customer-funded Conservation Incentive Program.

The group met with Commissioner Gary Brown, who indicated he would ask National Fuel to meet with the coalition. The coalition, including PUSH and VOICE-Buffalo, has urged more weatherizing of homes to lower customers' heating bills and create jobs.

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