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Host families sought for 3 Korean students

NIAGARA FALLS -- Niagara Catholic High School will welcome three new international students from South Korea in September, and the school is seeking host families for them.

The students speak English, have full medical and liability insurance, and bring their own pocket money for personal expenses. Host families provide room and board and receive a generous monthly hosting stipend.

Those interested are asked to contact Deacon Dan Mackowiak at 283-8771, Ext. 236, or e-mail dmackowiak@niagaracatholic.org.

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Officials to visit sites for veterans cemetery

WASHINGTON -- Federal officials Wednesday will visit three sites in Alden, along with sites in Akron, Le Roy and East Bethany, as they work to pick the location for Western New York's new veterans cemetery.

U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs officials will visit the six sites, which were chosen from among those suggested by property owners in response to a solicitation from the department.

Sen. Charles E. Schumer, D-N.Y., announced the site visits. The six sites fit within the parameters that call for the cemetery to be located in a place where it can serve both the Buffalo and Rochester areas. The Veterans Affairs Department has planned the cemetery to be located in a target area within seven miles of the New York State Thruway and within 20 miles to the east and west of the Town of Pembroke in Genesee County.

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School district has own Facebook page

LYNDONVILLE -- The Lyndonville Central School District is now on Facebook.

Students, staff, parents and community members are encouraged to join the district's official Facebook page at www.facebook.com/Lyndonville to stay informed about news, events and activities, and updates on how faculty and staff are working to meet the district's mission of preparing all students for college and career readiness in a global society.

The Lyndonville School Board retquested the creation of a Facebook page after hearing the positive response from other school districts.

"Community, parent and student response has been positive, and the district is preparing to provide electronic newsletters, interim reports and report cards in the 2011-2012 school year as part of our continued efforts to increase communication with residents in a cost-effective manner," Superintendent Barbara Deane Williams said.

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Diversity program given grant for $12,500

The Buffalo Independent Secondary Schools Network Diversity and Community Engagement Program received a $12,500 grant from the Community Foundation for Greater Buffalo.

The program will be able to continue to provide secondary school students opportunities to engage in diversity and social justice-based programs such as Seeking Educational Equity and Diversity seminars.

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