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Wendelville fire company gets $85,434 grant

PENDLETON -- Rep. Kathleen C. Hochul, D-Amherst announced a $85,434 grant from the Department of Homeland Security for the Wendelville Volunteer Fire Company on Thursday.

"This funding will ensure that our first responders have access to the necessary resources to keep the residents of Wendelville safe and secure," said Hochul. "Our first responders work tirelessly to keep our citizens protected and this program is critical to supporting their efforts."

The funding will come from the Assistance to Firefighters Grant Program of the Federal Emergency Management Agency and the Department of Homeland Security. This coordinated effort is part of a mission to improve the level of preparedness and ability to respond.

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Park shelter permits to be issued March 3

NORTH TONAWANDA -- Permits for park shelters will be issued by lottery at 9 a.m. March 3 in the Norman Keller Building, 500 Wheatfield St.

Residents must bring proof of residency, such as a driver's license. Starting at 9 a.m., people will draw a number that will determine the order that permits will be issued. Shelters are $50, or $60 with a kitchen. After March 3, the recreation office will issue permits during the week at normal business hours from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. For more information, call the recreation office at 695-8520.

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Art of Beer event scheduled for March 9

NIAGARA FALLS -- The sixth annual Art of Beer event will be held from 6 to 9 p.m. March 9 in the Niagara Arts and Cultural Center, 1201 Pine Ave.

More than 20 beer and food vendors will line the halls of the center and will serve 12 culinary selections and more than 50 varieties of beer. In addition, the Bravuras and the Lakeside Blues Band will play blues and classic rock.

Tickets are $25 in advance or $30 the day of the event, and attendees must be at least 21 years old. The admission ticket includes both beer and food tasting throughout the evening. Advanced tickets can be purchased at www.thenacc.org.

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Oscar night viewing party sets 'black and white' theme

Students in Buffalo State College's Television and Film Arts program will unfurl their own red carpet for a glitzy Oscar night viewing party from 7 p.m. to midnight Sunday in the Performing Arts Center at Rockwell Hall.

The public is invited to watch the nationally televised Academy Awards ceremony on a 30-by-30-foot screen.

The festivities will include red carpet interviews, during which those who attend may share their own picks for the likely winners of the Oscar statuette. Light refreshments will be served and Twin City Kings, a local rock band, is scheduled to perform.

"Black and white" is the theme of this year's event in honor of the critically acclaimed, 2012 Best Picture nominated "The Artist," which was filmed in black and white and without sound in the tradition of silent films from roughly 100 years ago.