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Two mayors will give State of the City talks

Two mayors of Niagara County cities announced the dates for their annual State of the City addresses Monday.

In Lockport, Mayor Michael W. Tucker will give his annual message during a regular meeting of the Lockport Rotary Club at noon Feb. 7 in the Lockport Town and Country Club, 717 East Ave.

North Tonawanda Mayor Robert G. Ortt will present his annual report at 1 p.m. Feb. 8 in Panes Restaurant, 984 Payne Ave. It will follow a luncheon of the Rotary Club of the Tonawandas, which starts at noon. The price for lunch is $12, and reservations must be made by Feb. 1.


Jagow names Ciszewski to deputy clerk post

LOCKPORT -- Niagara County Clerk Wayne F. Jagow said Monday he has appointed Robert J. Ciszewski of Lewiston as deputy clerk in charge of the motor vehicle office in Niagara Falls, a post that opened because of a recent retirement.

Ciszewski, 67, a former business owner who has 32 years of experience in the insurance industry, is a U.S. Navy veteran and a longtime Republican committeeman in Lewiston.

Niagara County operates three auto bureaus, one each in Niagara Falls, North Tonawanda and Lockport.


Check Out Hunger to benefit Food Bank

The 20th annual Check Out Hunger campaign to benefit the Food Bank of Western New York will begin this week and run through mid-February.

Customers at participating grocery retailers can have the cashier add $2, $3 or $5 to their grocery bill each time they shop. All money raised goes directly to the Food Bank to help in its mission to eradicate hunger in the community.

Participating stores include Tops Markets, Wegmans, Dash's Market, Lexington Co-operative Market and Market in the Square.

A $2 donation will help to distribute 10 meals; $3 will help pay for 16 meals; and $5 will help fund 27 meals to individuals depending on the Food Bank's member agencies.


Museum of Science reveals name for new dinosaur

After a two-month naming contest, the Buffalo Museum of Science on Monday revealed the official name of its new Albertosaurus dinosaur.

And the winner is Stanley.

Albertosaurus, a relative of the Tyrannosaurus that walked the planet 70 million years ago, was unveiled in November in a new exhibit along with a mastodon named Seymour.

More than 400 suggested names were submitted during the contest, including Stanley, which two people recommended, according to the museum. Lise Buyer, daughter of the late Buffalo News reporter Bob Buyer, provided a donation that helped fund the museum's new exhibit, and she narrowed the name choices down to 10.

The community then voted for its favorites among the 10 through a Facebook page, mail-in ballots and on site at the museum. The name Stanley received 18 percent of what museum officials described as a "very close" vote.