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Maryvale schools close most of budget gap

The Maryvale School District has closed most of its $1 million budget gap for next year, but officials still need to find about $341,000 more in cuts before they finalize the 2012-13 spending plan.

With the new 2 percent property tax cap law adopted by the state, the Maryvale School Board decided last week to direct administrators to stay within the tax cap. Initially, the district was projected to be short about $1 million for next year, but Superintendent Deborah Ziolkowski said Friday officials already have found savings through various methods.

"We've been working on the budget and we've offered a teachers retirement incentive," she said. "That got us over $200,000 in savings."

The administrative portion of the 2012-13 proposed budget was presented during a recent board meeting. Board members identified some additional cuts to be made. Additional cuts are expected in personnel and programs.

"I'll be working with our unions to see how it would affect them," the superintendent said.

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Proposals again sought for art installations

Erie Canal Harbor Development Corp. is reinviting proposals for a public art installation on the waterfront for four optional site locations.

They are the Connecting Terminal Grain Elevator, the Skyway, the historically aligned canals that are expected to be completed in December and the public square planned in Canalside.

The deadline for applications is July 13. For more information, go to eriecanalharbor.com.

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'Hound Dog' Lorenz will be program topic

The Hound's aroun' again.

Legendary Buffalo deejay George "Hound Dog" Lorenz will be the topic of a special program at 6 p.m. Wednesday in the auditorium of the Buffalo & Erie County Historical Society Museum, 25 Nottingham Court.

Guest speaker and host of a discussion about Lorenz will be Anthony Bannon, director of the George Eastman House, International Museum of Photography & Film in Rochester since 1996, who has been named director of the Burchfield Penney Arts Center.

The program is in conjunction with "Buffalo and Its Music," the current exhibition of Lorenz memorabilia, Buffalo rock concert posters and other items from the 1950s, 1960s and 1970s in the Community Gallery. It runs through March 31.

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Presidents Day closings

This is how the following area offices and services will be affected today by the Presidents 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

County libraries .... Closed

Most stores .... Open

Metro Bus, Rail .... Regular

City garbage .... Regular