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> ERIE COUNTY

$370,000 savings projected with hiring of new auditor

Erie County has selected a new external auditor, Drescher and Malecki LLP, which has signed a three-year contract that Comptroller Mark C. Poloncarz says will save the government $370,000 over the prior deal with Deloitte and Touche LLP.

Poloncarz said the county's audit committee, which selects the firm to complete year-end audited financial statements, received six responses to a "request for proposals" from interested firms. That's in contrast to the one response received in 2005 -- during the county's most recent financial meltdown.

"Simply put, more competition means more savings for Erie County taxpayers," Poloncarz said.

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> GRAND ISLAND

Annual Lawnmower Race adds car show and live music

The annual Father's Day Lawnmower Race on Grand Island is growing. In addition to the main event todayy, there will be a classic car show sponsored by Fuccillo Chevrolet, live music by Charles Lotempio's USA Band and face painting and other activities for kids.

Registration starts at 10 a.m. and entry fee is $10. The first race begins at noon from 3957 West River Road, south of Long Road, the home of Floyd Doring, who co-founded the race in 1978 when he and his former neighbor, Patrick Murphy, decided to settle a dispute over who had the fastest lawn tractor.

Proceeds benefit the Island Chapter of Relay for Life to fight cancer. Entry forms are available at the starting line.

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> WAR OF 1812

Fort Niagara volunteer authors historical booklet

NIAGARA FALLS -- The state Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation has published a booklet that summarizes the War of 1812 on the northern border, from Lake Michigan to Lake Champlain.

The booklet was authored by Donald Gibbons of Youngstown, a longtime volunteer at Fort Niagara State Park.

For information or to order books, contact Angela P. Berti, public affairs and marketing coordinator for the Western District of State Parks at 278-1764 or e-mail at angela.berti@oprhp. state.ny.us.

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> LARKIN DISTRICT

Historical presentation on tap Wednesday at Canisius

"Developing the Larkin District: Past, Present and into the Future," will be presented from 6 to 8:30 p.m. Wednesday in Canisius College's Montante Cultural Center.

Sponsored by Buffalo & Erie County Historical Society, Canisius College and Larkin Development Group, the presentation is free to the public and will include authorities on Buffalo's first manufacturing district, the Larkin Co., and Frank Lloyd Wright's Larkin Administration Building.

Featured are Chris Hawley, urban planner and writer; Jack Quinan, Ph.D., distinguished service professor, University at Buffalo; Howard R. Stranger, Ph.D., professor, management and history, Canisius College; and Howard Zemsky, managing partner, Larkin Development Group.

The program will be moderated by Cynthia Van Ness, director of the Buffalo & Erie County Historical Society research library. For information, call 888-2649.