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Municipal Center chosen as pill drop-off site

SALAMANCA -- Salamanca will join 22 other sites throughout Western New York on Saturday to host a medication drop-off from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Municipal Center, 225 Wildwood Ave.

The Drug Enforcement Agency is leading the effort as part of a national campaign with the support of local police agencies and others. All medications, prescription and over-the-counter, will be accepted as well as needles at all sites. For list of locations, visit www.nationalprescriptiondrugdropoff.com.

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Vote scheduled Tuesday on Richmond Library budget

BATAVIA -- Voters in the Batavia City School District will vote Tuesday on the Richmond Memorial Library's $13 million operating budget, which carries a property tax increase of 2 percent.

The spending is $23,000 more than the current year and will increase the tax rate from $1.48 to $1.52 per $1,000 assessed valuation.

The increase, approved last month by the library's board of trustees, will allow the addition of a children's librarian position to the staff of 16 full-timers. The library is owned by the school district but has its own budget.

Dana Chambers is the sole candidate for another five-year term.

Voting at the library, 19 Ross St., will be from noon to 9 p.m.

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BlueCross BlueShield union schedules ratification vote

A ratification vote is scheduled at 10 a.m. today for about 390 BlueCross BlueShield union workers who were locked out of their jobs Monday after their contract with company expired.

Members of Local 212, Office and Professional Employees International Union, held a rally Wednesday outside BlueCross BlueShield's downtown offices, where the union's business representative, Deana Fox, confirmed the ratification vote.

The union said negotiations for a new three-year contract had stalled over issues that included job security and the ability of the company to outsource or subcontract work now done by the bargaining unit. Local 212 union members constitute slightly less than a third of the health insurer's 1,400 employees in Buffalo. They provide customer service, process claims, reproduce documents and do other clerical and support work.

Meanwhile, BlueCross BlueShield spokeswoman Julie R. Snyder said the company had not been officially notified of the ratification vote.

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Rabies clinic scheduled at Public Works Garage

LITTLE VALLEY -- The Cattaraugus County Health Department is sponsoring a rabies clinic May 7 at the County Public Works Garage on Route 242 from 9 a.m. to noon.

Rabies vaccinations are required for all cats, dogs and domesticated ferrets by four months of age. Cats and dogs will receive a booster one year later and then every three years. Ferrets must be vaccinated annually.

There is no charge but donations are accepted to help with costs. For information call (800) 251-2584.