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> LOCKPORT

Council to begin work on city budget Sept. 7

LOCKPORT -- Common Council President Richelle J. Pasceri said Wednesday that the Council will begin work on the 2012 city budget Sept. 7.

The City Charter requires the Council to vote on the spending plan at its first regular meeting in October, which this year falls on Oct. 5.

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> LOCKPORT

Mayor unable to attend either candidate forum

LOCKPORT -- Mayor Michael W. Tucker said Wednesday he will not be able to attend either of the major candidate forums before the Sept. 13 primary.

Tucker said he will be in Albany on both occasions: 7 p.m. Sept. 1, when a taxpayers' group is holding a forum at City Hall, and Sept. 8, when the League of Women Voters is sponsoring a debate to be broadcast on WLVL-AM Radio.

Tucker has a Republican primary against Phyllis J. Green, while Alderman Jack L. Smith Jr. and Michael J. Pillot are running on the Democratic side. All three challengers are expected to attend the forums.

Tucker said he's meeting with the Canal Corp. Sept. 1 and serving on the state Canal Recreation Commission Sept. 8. "I still have this job to do," he said.

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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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> 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.