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State police ready events to check child car seats

State troopers will check child car seat today and Saturday as part of National Child Passenger Safety Week.

Checks will be held from 4 to 7 p.m. at West Herr Chevrolet, 3575 Southwestern Blvd., Orchard Park, and from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday at Mullane Motors, 6200 South Transit Road, Lockport.

State Police Major Christopher L. Cumming pointed out that when properly installed and used, child safety seats reduce fatal injury by 71 percent for infants riding in passenger cars.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration recommends keeping infants in the back seat, in rear-facing child safety seats, as long as possible, up to the height or weight limit of the particular seat for the best possible protection.

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Episcopal churches set chili cook-off

LEWISTON -- The Episcopal churches of the Niagara Deanery will hold a chili cook-off from 4 to 6 p.m. Saturday in St. Paul's Episcopal Church, 400 Ridge St., to benefit the Episcopal Relief and Development Disaster Fund.

The international fund provides supplies, shelter, education and economic opportunities to communities throughout the world in disasters such as the recent hurricanes and floods along the East Coast.

Everyone is invited to enter a favorite chili recipe or just enjoy the tasting. Chili will be available for $1 a taste and $5 a bowl, including bread and beverages.

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Council on the Arts to present performance

LEWISTON -- The Lewiston Council on the Arts will present a free performance of "Marble Orchard: Spirits of 1812" at 2 p.m. Saturday at the Hennepin Park Gazebo, Center Street at South Fourth Street.

Artistic director Eva Nicklas said the audience will be invited to experience what life was like 200 years ago in Lewiston during the War of 1812.

Nicklas said villagers were roused from their beds Dec. 19, 1813, by the war cries of Mohawk Indians and British Red Coats brandishing burning torches. They fled their burning village, only to return later and rebuild Lewiston. Buffalo and other communities also were burned.

The Lewiston Council on the Arts also sponsors Marble Orchard Ghost Walks at 7 p.m. every Saturday through Oct. 29. The walks, showing off Lewiston's frontier past, begin at the International Peace Garden, 476 Center St. Cost is $12; $6 for children under 12.

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Temple Beth Zion announces schedule for high holidays

As Rosh Hashana and Yom Kippur near, Temple Beth Zion has announced its schedule for the high holidays.

Rosh Hashana, the Jewish New Year, begins with services at 8 p.m. Wednesday at the temple, 805 Delaware Ave. Services continue Thursday. Yom Kippur, the Day of Atonement, will be observed with services at 6 and 8:45 p.m. Oct 7. Services continue Oct. 8.

Full-time students and members of the armed services are welcome at no cost; others can obtain ticket and membership information by calling Temple Beth Zion at 836-6565.