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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.

"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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Wojtaszek-Gariano is GOP woman of the year

NIAGARA FALLS -- Kathleen Wojtaszek-Gariano, who is running for Niagara County Family Court judge this year, will be honored Saturday as woman of the year by the county Federation of Republican Women.

Also to be honored at the noon event in the Crowne Plaza Hotel are Lockport Common Council President Richelle J. Pasceri, who will receive the organization's leadership award, and North Tonawanda Common Council President Catherine G. Schwandt and former Lockport Deputy Supervisor Deborah A. Gaskill, who will be named "women of distinction."

Wojtaszek-Gariano has spent the past decade as law clerk to Family Court Judge David E. Seaman. She served briefly as a Niagara Falls City Court judge and an acting Family Court judge in 2001.

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Two aldermen plan to meet constituents

LOCKPORT -- Two city aldermen have announced ward meetings.

Alderman Jack L. Smith Jr. will host a ward meeting for his 2nd Ward constituents from 9 to 11 a.m. Saturday in the Lockport Public Library, 23 East Ave.

Smith said the subject matter will include the 2010 annual reports of the Police, Fire and Building Inspection departments.

Alderman Kenneth M. Genewick will host the 5th Ward meeting at 6:30 p.m. March 31 in City Hall. Discussion of general topics is anticipated.

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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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