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Drug drop-off event set at site of former school

NIAGARA FALLS -- Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center and the Niagara Falls City School District will offer a local site for the National Prescription Drug Drop-Off from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Oct. 29 at the former South Junior High School, Walnut Avenue and Portage Road.

All medications, whether sold by prescription or over the counter, will be accepted at the former school's parking lot. Needles also will be accepted.

The South Junior High site will be one of nearly three dozen sites across Western New York working with the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration as part of a national campaign designed to keep medications out of the hands of teens who may be looking to experiment and to safeguard the water supply.

Flushing old medications can lead to contamination of the water supply, and these drugs can also be dangerous if they fall into the wrong hands, leading to abuse, addiction and even death.

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4-H memorabilia sought for 75th anniversary exhibit

LOCKPORT -- The Niagara County 4-H program will mark its 75th anniversary at the 2012 Niagara County Fair, and organizers are looking for 4-H memorabilia to use in the exhibit.

To update the 50th anniversary book, photos and anecdotes of 4-H experiences from the past 25 years are being sought. Those willing to lend items from their 4-H days may contact Debi Sweeney at 795-9257 or Linda Conlin at lccrib@yahoo.com. Sue Capell, at 433-8839, would like to hear from third-, fourth- and fifth-generation 4-H families.

Also, sponsors for printing the book and for 4-H programs, trips and awards may send donations to Niagara County 4-H Sponsors c/o Pat McCarthy, 4487 Lake Ave., Lockport, NY 14094.

Those willing to help with this event may attend the next planning meeting at 7 p.m. Nov. 15 in the 4-H Training Center at the Fairgrounds.

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Board of Elections to extend office hours prior to election

LOCKPORT -- The Niagara County Board of Elections office, 111 Main St., will remain open extra hours, starting Monday, to distribute applications for absentee ballots for the Nov. 8 election.

The board's normal hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., but it will stay open until 7 p.m. Monday and Wednesday, along with Nov. 1 and 3. Also, the board will offer Saturday hours from 9 a.m. to noon Oct. 29 and Nov. 5.

Absentee ballots may be filled out on the spot or taken away and mailed later. To be valid, they must be postmarked by Nov. 7.

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Maziarz, Ceretto honored as Farm Bureau supporters

State Sen. George D. Maziarz, R-Newfane, and Assemblyman John D. Ceretto, R-Lewiston, have been named to the New York Farm Bureau's "Circle of Friends."

Farm Bureau President Dean Norton said this week that Maziarz and Ceretto were chosen based on their support for legislation important to farmers during this year's legislative session.