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LOCAL NEWS BRIEFS

Red Kettle campaign fails to hit $450,000 goal

The Salvation Army Buffalo announced that its 2011 Red Kettle campaign raised more money than last year's campaign, but still fell short of the $450,000 goal.

After tallying its final deposits on Christmas Eve, the Salvation Army said it raised $320,116.

"Our goal this year was aggressive," Major Thomas Applin, executive director, said in a news release Friday. "It was based on the need to cover our operating expenses for the entire year. Last year's receipts carried us through September, but we were forced to draw significantly from our reserves, so as to fund our programs and services."

The 2011 Red Kettle total is $11,000 higher than 2010's collection. The Salvation Army Buffalo has initiated a direct mail campaign through the end of this month in hopes of closing the deficit.

Charitable gifts to the Salvation Army can be mailed to 960 Main St., Buffalo, NY 14202.

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Tampio bids farewell after 8 years at helm

SILVER CREEK -- Hanover Town Supervisor Kathy Tampio said farewells and thanks at a special meeting of the Town Board last week in Town Hall.

The business portion of the meeting included several year-end budget transfers so the town could start it's new fiscal year today. The first meeting with incoming Supervisor Todd Johnson will be at 7 p.m. Tuesday.2

Tampio, who served eight years as supervisor, said she was very proud of the way Town Board members worked together to overcome problems. She said party lines did not matter once a person took a seat on the board, and she enjoyed the spirit of cooperation.

Tampio also is clerk of the Chautauqua County Legislature, but that appointment may end when the Legislature meets again. She said she is not considering running for any public office now but would not rule out future runs.

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Legislature Democrats keep Virtuoso minority leader

NIAGARA FALLS -- The Niagara County Legislature's three Democrats met Friday and decided Dennis F. Virtuoso will continue as minority leader in 2012. He is entering his 10th term, while the other two Democrats, Jason A. Zona and Owen T. Steed, are newcomers.

Virtuoso said Zona will be his first deputy and Steed the second deputy.

The new Legislature also will include 10 Republicans and one Conservative and one Independence Party member who caucus with the Republicans.

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New Year's holiday closings

This is how the following area offices and services will be affected Monday by the New Year's Day holiday.

City Court .... Closed

County courts .... Closed

State courts .... Closed

Federal courts .... Closed

City offices .... Closed

County offices .... Closed

State offices .... Closed

Federal offices .... Closed

Post Office .... Closed

Schools .... Closed

Banks .... Closed

Most stores .... Open

Metro Bus, Rail .... Saturday service

City garbage .... Regular