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Green Party nominates Web prankster for Congress

The editor of a local website often associated with pranks has been nominated for Congress by the Green Party.

Ian Murphy, who made headlines by posing as billionaire David Koch and making a prank call to Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker during the recent stalemate over the collective-bargaining rights of public workers, will represent the party in the May 24 special election to fill Chris Lee's seat in the 26th Congressional District, according to a news release from the Green Party corroborated by the state Board of Elections.

Posing as Koch, Murphy discussed tactics with Walker about how to trick Wisconsin Senate Democrats into returning to the state after they left rather than vote for a Walker plan to strip public unions of their collective-bargaining rights.

"He may be an unconventional candidate, but there is more substance in his satire than we've seen so far from any of the other candidates in the race," said Erie County Green Chairman Eric Jones.

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Shenk, in Afghanistan, to announce re-election bid

Boston Town Clerk David J. Shenk, who is on his third deployment to the Middle East, plans to announce his candidacy for another term today from Logar Province, Afghanistan.

Shenk, a sergeant first class with the Army Reserve, is a health care specialist who serves as the detachment noncommissioned officer for the 1982nd Forward Surgical Team. He plans to make the announcement at his annual fundraiser from 7 to 9 p.m. in Patchin Fire Hall, 8333 Boston State Road. He expects to be home between Veterans Day and Thanksgiving.

"I believe the reason why I have been given the opportunity to serve Boston as town clerk is because I listen to the public and work well with other town officials regardless of political affiliation," he said in an e-mailed news release.

He said he keeps in almost daily communication with the Town Clerk's Office.

"It's an honor to serve both my country and town," he said.

Shenk, a Democrat, has been town clerk since 1992, after being elected shortly after he returned from his deployment in the first Gulf War. He ran unopposed for re-election in 2003 while he was serving in Iraq.

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Applications available to children of military

Applications for a weeklong summer session of "Take a Break Camp" for the sons and daughters of military personnel are now being accepted, camp officials have announced.

The camp, set for July 10 to 15, is geared to providing youngsters ages 8 to 14 carefree activities that enable children of military to build friendships and create positive memories.

In addition, campers are taught communication and coping skills to help them get through challenging times when a parent is deployed. Applications for the camp can be obtained from the camp's website at pioneercamp.org or by calling 549-1420.

The fee for campers is $50, and full scholarships are available.

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