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Black journalists plan family reading challenge

The Buffalo Association of Black Journalists is seeking families to compete in a Black History Month "family reading challenge" to be held at the Frank E. Merriweather Jr. Library in February.

Starting in November, families will read three books supplied by the association: "Zora and Me" by Victoria Bond and T. R. Simon; "Peace, Locomotion" by Jacqueline Woodson; and "The Call to Shakabaz" by Amy Wachspress. The families will then compete by answering questions about the books during the Black History Month challenge at the Merriweather Library.

The association will select four families to participate in the reading challenge, where they will compete for cash, gift certificates and other prizes. The families will be selected based on short essays submitted by student family members on the theme: Why reading is important and why the BABJ should select my family for the reading challenge.

Student essays should be mailed to the Buffalo Association of Black Journalists, P.O. Box 736, Ellicott Station, Buffalo, 14205; or emailed to Essays must be postmarked or emailed by Oct. 29.


Swedish royals to mark Norden Club's centennial

JAMESTOWN -- King Carl XVI Gustaf of Sweden and Queen Sylvia will be in Western New York today for a private celebration of the Norden Club of Jamestown's centennial.

The royal couple will attend a private luncheon and then get a private tour of the Roger Torey Peterson Institute, said Melinda Martino, director of public affairs and communications for the Swedish Consulate in New York.

There will be no public events tied to the royal couple's visit, said Curt Westrom, one of the organizers of the visit.


Information session set on hydraulic fracturing

The controversial practice of hydraulic fracturing for the extraction of natural gas will be the subject of a Sunday afternoon informational event in Holland.

The 2 p.m. event, sponsored by the Holland Protecting Our Water Rights organization, will be held at the Holland Community Center, 6 Legion Drive. It is free and open to the public.

The event will include two short films, one about hydraulic fracturing and its national impact and the other about the local impact of the practice.

Town officials and local citizen-experts will be available for questions.


Board of Elections sets hours for absentee voting

The Erie County Board of Elections has announced it will be open for absentee voting for the Nov. 8 general election from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. each working day through Nov. 7

In addition, the third floor office at 134 W. Eagle St. will be open until 7 p.m. on Oct. 25 and 27, and Nov. 1 and 3. It will also be open on two Saturdays -- Oct. 29 and Nov. 5 -- from 9 a.m. to noon.

The last day to apply in person for an absentee ballot is Nov. 7.