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> ALDEN

Meet the Candidates Day set Sept. 3 at Farmers Market

The Alden Farmers Market will host a Meet the Candidates Day from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sept. 3 at the Alden Village Plaza, 13119 Broadway, between the Tractor Supply and Save-a-Lot stores.

Any person in any party running for any position on the ballot in Alden is encouraged to attend.

There will be an opportunity to check out information tables and for candidates to chat with people at the market. For more information, call Farmers Market Manager Nancy Hughes at 937-0103.

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> BUFFALO

Free backpacks available at Belle Center Kids Day

The sixth annual Kids Day Fest 2011 will be held from 1 to 5 p.m. Sept. 2 at the Belle Center, 104 Maryland St.

Free hot dogs, snow cones and popcorn will be available. Entertainment and activities include face painting, games and a deejay.

Best Buy will provide underserved students in kindergarten through eighth grade with free backpacks, school supplies and gifts under its first annual "Gear Up for School" program.

To receive a backpack, a child must be eligible for free school lunches and be registered by a parent or guardian. Best Buy also will distribute backpacks at True Bethel Church, 907 E. Ferry St., from noon to 4 p.m. next Thursday.

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> LOCKPORT

Bargaining session scheduled for hospital, nurses union

LOCKPORT -- The next bargaining session between Eastern Niagara Hospital and the union representing its registered nurses is set for next Thursday, a union spokeswoman said Wednesday.

The date was set by a federal mediator, said Franchelle C. Hart of Local 1199 of the Service Employees International Union, United Healthcare Workers East.

The last bargaining session Aug. 17-18 ran almost 22 hours but produced no agreement. The 125 nurses have authorized setting a strike deadline, but no date has been chosen yet.

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> CONFERENCE

Ooey Gooey Lady to speak on infant, toddler play

Lisa Murphy, the Ooey Gooey Lady, is keynote speaker for a daylong conference on infant and toddler play sponsored by the WNY Infant Toddler Resource Network Sept. 17 in Hearthstone Manor, 333 Dick Road, Depew.

Murphy, founder and CEO of Ooey Gooey Inc., an educational consulting firm in Rochester, is an advocate of play-based education. Registration is $75. For information, call Kristin Cadro 877-6666, Ext. 3086, or email kcadro@wnychildren.org.

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> BUFFALO

Merriweather Library is site of Back to School Rally

Retired Buffalo Public Schools teacher Eva M. Doyle will host her second annual Back to School Rally from 3 to 5 p.m. Saturday in the Frank E. Merriweather Jr. Library, 1324 Jefferson Ave.

The free event will include educational videos, storytelling, music, games, prizes and distribution of book bags. For information, call 847-6010 or 533-9547.