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NIAGARA COUNTY

1,000th veteran files his discharge papers

LOCKPORT -- The 1,000th veteran to file his discharge papers with the Niagara County clerk was Marine Cpl. Charles Reese of the Town of Niagara, County Clerk Wayne F. Jagow said Monday.

Under the county's "Thank-a-Vet" program, which started last fall, military service members who file their DD-214 forms in the county clerk's office for safekeeping receive a package of discount coupons from 140 local businesses.

"The program's awesome," said Reese, who served in the Iraq War. "I'd tell my fellow veterans to definitely check it out. It's a good service to us. They're actually giving us a thank you, rather than just a handshake and a welcome home."

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TOWN OF TONAWANDA

Police to oversee a dog census

A dog census will be taken throughout the Ken-Ton community under the auspices of the Town of Tonawanda Police Department.

Members of Explorer Post 1835 of the town's Police Department will perform the census with supervision from police. They will work randomly between noon and 6 p.m. Monday through Friday.

All dogs will be checked for a valid license issued by the Town of Tonawanda or Village of Kenmore. Residents found to be harboring an unlicensed dog will be given 15 days to acquire a dog license.

Local law requires that all dogs, ages 4 months and older, must be licensed. A current certificate of rabies vaccination is required to buy a license.

Licenses are available at the Town Clerk's Office, Room 14 of the Municipal Building, 2919 Delaware Ave., Kenmore. The cost is $14 for a dog that has been spayed or neutered and $22 if it isn't.

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GRAND ISLAND

4-hour power outage to affect 60 residents

Nearly 60 Grand Island residents will be without power for four hours beginning at 10 p.m. Aug. 19

The outage is planned so that National Grid can conduct necessary work. If the power company is unable to finish the work in that time frame, another outage is scheduled to begin at 10 p.m. Aug. 26.

Residences from 1765 to 1989 Grand Island Blvd. and from 1796 to 1982 Webb Road will be affected.

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NIAGARA FALLS

Medical Center given March of Dimes grant

NIAGARA FALLS -- The New York State chapter of the March of Dimes has awarded Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center a $44,865 grant to support a prenatal care program.

Its goals include decreasing the number of preterm births by one-third; increasing the percentage of pregnant women entering prenatal care in their first trimester to 80 percent by January; and educating pregnant women about the effects of smoking, alcohol and drug use on the unborn.

Hospital spokesman Patrick J. Bradley said the program's primary beneficiaries will be women referred by the Niagara Falls Treatment Court, Niagara Falls Drug Court and Niagara County Probation Department.

State statistics say 29 percent of pregnant women in Niagara Falls receive no early prenatal care; 14 percent of the city's babies are preterm deliveries; and 8.5 percent have low birth weights.

"Those numbers are appalling and must be addressed," said Memorial Vice President and Chief Operating Officer Sheila Kee.

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ORCHARD PARK

Town plans to fly Remembrance Flag

The Town of Orchard Park will fly the 9/1 1 Remembrance Flag for the month of September.

The red, white, blue and black flag is rich in symbolism. The blue represents the color of the state flags for each state where a plane was downed, while the black on the flag represents sorrow.

There are stars representing the twin towers at the World Trade Center, the Pentagon and the three airline flights that crashed.

"It would be nice if we fly it every September," Supervisor Janis Colarusso said.

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AMHERST

Rezoning approved at Main and Youngs

The Amherst Town Board approved the rezoning about 1.7 acres of land at the northwest corner of Main Street and Youngs Road for redevelopment by Uniland Development.

The developer plans to build a two-story, 25,000-square-foot mixed-use building, which would include 10 residential units, and retail for the remainder of the parcel.

The land being redeveloped was rezoned to "general business" by the Town Board after adjustments were made to improve traffic flow. The property previously consisted of three parcels designed as residential and motor service.

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CLARENCE

Music will pay tribute to Williams and Cline

"Country Night in the Hollow," a tribute to Hank Williams Sr. and Patsy Cline, will be held from 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday on the lawn of the Asa Ransom House, 10529 Main St., Clarence.

The show is free, and attendees are invited to bring a lawn chair or blanket. Refreshments, including cocktails, will be available for purchase.

The show, created and performed by radio and recording artists Ron and Nancy OneSong, features a musical overview of the careers of Williams and Cline.

The event is sponsored by the Clarence Hollow Association.

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DEPEW

Village Board hires new police officer

The Village of Depew recently hired a new police officer.

Village trustees last week unanimously approved the appointment of Nathan Turner to the post, effective July 30. His salary will be $38,358.26.

Also, village trustees hired Kenneth Pyc to a working crew chief job in the Department of Public Works. His starting hourly rate is $25.53.

The board also hired Sandra David to the civil service post of court officer at an hourly rate of $13.40.