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Board mulls personnel cuts due to contingency budget

A special meeting of the Lackawanna Board of Education will be held at 6:30 p.m. today in the Superintendent's Conference Room 202 of the McKinley Administration Building, 245 South Shore Blvd.

The board will discuss personnel cuts following the June 21 defeat of a proposed $45.1 million budget -- the second time residents voted down a spending plan for 2011-12.

Taxpayers were informed prior to the two pollings that the contingency budget would amount to $44.1 million, a small increase over the current budget of $44 million.

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Possibility of more aid subject of Dyster-Kessel talks

NIAGARA FALLS -- Mayor Paul A. Dyster met privately with Richard M. Kessel, president and chief executive of the New York Power Authority, on Wednesday to discuss the potential of aid to the city.

Dyster said Kessel "remains optimistic" that a deal can be worked out but called the issue "complicated." Niagara County has been fighting for more aid for the county and its communities.

The mayor said the Power Authority's representatives would focus more on the potential of aid after July 4.

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Newest Goodwill Store opens Friday at Tops Plaza

The newest Goodwill Store in the area opens Friday in the Tops Plaza, 4779 Transit Road at French Road, Depew.

The 7,300-square-foot location is the eighth retail store operated by Goodwill Industries of Western New York. Hours are 9:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. weekdays, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturdays and noon to 5 p.m. Sundays.

The store will offer an assortment of men's, women's and children's clothing, kitchen wares, small appliances, linens, books, CDs, toys and furniture. A Goodwill Attended Donation Center also is located in the plaza and will accept computer equipment, clothing, books and household items for recycling seven days a week.

The store is creating seven new jobs. Proceeds support Goodwill's job training programs for people with disabilities.

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$160,031 targets restoration of state park wildlife habitat

LEWISTON -- The Buffalo Audubon Society will receive a $160,031 grant to restore at least 35 acres of wildlife habitat for breeding and migrating birds in Joseph Davis State Park, Rep. Louise M. Slaughter, D-Fairport, announced Tuesday.

The 320-acre park, near the bank of the Lower Niagara River between Lewiston and Youngstown, provides a large, relatively underdeveloped habitat for wildlife.

"There used to be more than 150 acres of habitat on Joseph Davis State Park, but it has fallen victim to invasive species and other causes leading to almost half of the land to be degraded," Slaughter said. "The grant announced today will restore at least 35 acres of this lost habitat, helping to ensure that the sights and sounds of local wildlife are around for generations to come."