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Republican Committee to hold open forum

NIAGARA FALLS -- The city Republican Committee will hold an open forum to discuss a plan for Niagara Falls at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday in the Giacomo Hotel, 222 First St.

Thomas J. Stevenson, the committee's director of public relations, said everyone is invited regardless of political affiliation. He also said the committee is seeking candidates for several public offices, including mayor, members of the City Council and members of the Niagara County Legislature.

Among speakers will be County GOP Chairman Mike Norris, County Clerk Wayne Jagow, District Attorney Michael J. Violante and Kathy Wojtaszek-Gariano, candidate for Family Court judge.

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Public meeting called on Buffalo Ave. road work

NIAGARA FALLS -- Road reconstruction along Buffalo Avenue scheduled to begin during the 2011 construction season will be discussed at a public meeting at 6 p.m. Tuesday in the LaSalle Public Library, 8728 Buffalo Ave.

The street surface along sections of Buffalo Avenue is badly deteriorated, and it has been the subject of numerous complaints to city officials.

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State sheriffs group seeks honorary membership

LOCKPORT -- The State Sheriffs Association Institute soon will begin its annual Honorary Membership drive in Niagara County, according to Sheriff James R. Voutour.

The Sheriffs Institute provides centralized training programs and services to sheriff's offices across the state and hosts a summer camp for economically challenged children along Keuka Lake.

Last summer, the Niagara County Sheriff's Office purchased eight kayaks for the camp, using county drug asset forfeiture funds. For more information, visit www.sheriffsinstitute.org.

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Art auction to feature animal-inspired work

If you're an art and animal lover, the PETropolitan Auction of Art on Thursday in Asbury Hall at Babeville, 341 Delaware Ave., is an opportunity to combine pleasures and support Maddie's Pet Rescue Project. The auction will feature more than 80 pieces of animal-inspired artwork, as well as food and drinks.

Proceeds will benefit the local effort to end the euthanasia of adoptable dogs and cats in Erie County. Tickets are $35 in advance and $40 at the door and can be purchases by calling 343-0253.

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Jewish Federation taking donations for Japanese

The Jewish Federation of Greater Buffalo is collecting donations to assist in relief efforts for victims of the devastating earthquake and tsunami in Japan.

Donations may be made online at www.jfedbflo.com or mailed to the Japan Earthquake Fund at Jewish Federation of Greater Buffalo, 787 Delaware Ave., Buffalo, NY 14209. All donations go directly to Israeli and Jewish humanitarian organizations working at the earthquake site.

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