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Critical supplies dropped to soldiers in Afghanistan

Airdrops of 20,000 pounds of critical supplies to U.S. soldiers stationed in southern Afghanistan were carried out earlier this week by members of the local New York Air National Guard and another unit from Alaska.

A crew from the 107th Airlift Wing in Niagara Falls, flying one of the C-130 Hercules cargo planes assigned to the base, conducted the mission on Wednesday with another C-130 from the Alaska Air National Guard.

Food, fuel, water and ammunition were dropped into forward operating bases in the Afghan province of Oruzgan, alleviating the need to deliver the supplies by ground, officials said. Since last month, 80 members of the 107th Airlift Wing and two aircraft have been deployed to Afghanistan.

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Bishop urges giving as Appeal nears its $10.5 million goal

Buffalo Catholic Diocese Bishop Edward U. Kmiec is urging Western New Yorkers to give to the 2011 Catholic Charities Appeal so it reaches its fundraising goal, with just a week to go before the fiscal year closes.

The organization needs just under $100,000 to achieve its $10.5 million goal. Donations can be made through local parishes or directly to Catholic Charities at its headquarters, 741 Delaware Ave; by calling 218-1400; or by visiting its online website at www.ccwny.org.

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Bus service to be offered for Lockport area in 2011-12

NIAGARA FALLS -- Niagara Catholic High School will provide bus service for Lockport area students during the 2011-12 school year.

This busing will be provided at no cost to students and their families and will give students from the Lockport area a chance to consider Niagara Catholic as a more viable high school option, school officials said.

For more information about the Lockport busing service or Niagara Catholic's four-day school week, Niagara University Prep Program, tuition assistance, scholarship opportunities, or to scheduling a tour or shadow day, call 283-8771, Ext. 260.

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Slate of concerts announced at Community Center market

WHEATFIELD -- Town Board recreation liaisons Larry Helwig and Gil Doucet have announced a series of concerts that will be presented at 5 p.m. during the Wheatfield Town Market, which runs from 3 to 7 p.m. Wednesdays through October outside the Community Center, 2800 Church St.

The lineup planned so far:

*Stu Buisch, a singer and keyboardist, Wednesday.

*Then and Now, with Bernie Rotella, classic rock, July 13.

*Supervisor Bob Cliffe's Musical Battle of Wheatfield Churches, July 20.

*Christmas in July, with Christmas music and crafts, July 27.

*Hot Country Liners, line dancing, Aug. 31.

The concerts will be held on the patio behind the Community Center, weather permitting, or inside the Center, and replace the concert series the town previously sponsored at Fairmount Park.