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> BROCTON SCHOOLS

Three seeking two seats on Board of Education

Three candidates Todd McFadden of Fredonia, Michael Riforgiato of Portland and Robert Head of Brocton are vying for two five-year terms on the Brocton School Board.

The winners will replace Rodney Geiben and Harry Watters, who are not seeking re-election. Voting will be held from noon to 8 p.m. May 17 in the gym foyer.

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> FUNDRAISER

Annual March for Babies planned in Delaware Park

The March of Dimes' annual March for Babies will be start Sunday at the Delaware Park Marcy Casino.

Funds raised help support prenatal wellness programs, research grants and family support programs.

Registration begins at 10 a.m., followed by the three-mile walk at 11. The day also includes a picnic, games and activities for the whole family. The walk is presented by Bank of America-Merrill Lynch.

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> GRAND ISLAND BRIDGE

Nightly work on south span suspended due to weather

Nightly work on the South Grand Island Bridge is suspended for the remainder of this week because of inclement weather, the State Thruway Authority announced Tuesday.

Periodic alternate lane closures had begun during night hours on Monday to allow contractors to test and seal bridge joints and to seal sidewalk and parapet joints. No date is set for the work to resume.

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> APPOINTMENT

Goodwill Industries names Lynch president and CEO

Goodwill Industries of Western New York has appointed Thomas Lynch as its new president and CEO, effective immediately, the agency announced Tuesday.

Lynch, who earned a bachelor's degree in chemical engineering and a master's in business administration at the University at Buffalo, has worked at both Fisher-Price and Corning Inc.

Lynch will succeed Florence Conti, who is retiring after 20 years of service to Goodwill.

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> RELIEF EFFORT

Walk in Delaware Park to aid quake, tsunami victims

Local Japanese organizations are sponsoring a walk in Delaware Park to raise money to help the victims of the March 11 earthquake and tsunami that devastated northeastern Japan.

The walk is scheduled for 2 p.m. Sunday. Registration is $10, free for children 10 and under, and will begin at 1 p.m. inside the park near the intersection of Amherst Street and Colvin Avenue.

The walk, called the Sakura Walk, is set to coincide with the blossoming of the cherry trees in Delaware Park. "Sakura" is the Japanese word for cherry blossoms, the national flower of Japan.

On sale at the event will be T-shirts and wristbands. All proceeds will go to the American Red Cross Japan Relief Effort. For information, e-mail bscjapanrelief@gmail.com or check out actionforjapannewyork.net.

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