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Hochul announces grant for firefighters' gear

WENDELVILLE -- About 40 volunteer firefighters in the Wendelville Fire Company will be outfitted with new protective gear under an $85,434 federal grant announced by Rep. Kathleen C. Hochul, D-Amherst.

Fire Chief Shawn Christman said the grant will be used to buy turnout gear, including boots and helmets. He said a typical set of gear costs about $2,000.

The money comes from the Department of Homeland Security and a grant program of the Federal Emergency Management Agency.

Hochul, who is serving her first term in the House of Representatives, is a member of the House Committee on Homeland Security and the House Armed Services Committee.

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Schumer supports Sabres on bringing game here

WASHINGTON -- Sen. Charles E. Schumer, D-N.Y., on Monday added his support to the Buffalo Sabres' effort to bring USA Hockey's All-American Prospects Game to Buffalo later this year.

Schumer sent a letter to USA Hockey President Ron DeGregario and Executive Director Dave Ogrean pushing Buffalo as a locale for the event.

"As USA Hockey decides the best location for the All-American Prospects Game this year," Schumer said, "I want Buffalo and the First Niagara Center to be at the top of the list."

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North Tonawanda attorney is named to NCCC board

SANBORN -- North Tonawanda attorney Vincent R. Ginestre has been appointed to the Niagara County Community College board of trustees by Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo.

Ginestre, whose term runs through June 2018, replaces Robert Sdao, who was serving as a holdover since his term expired last year. Ginestre was an assistant county attorney from 1977 to 2002.

The NCCC board has 10 members, four of whom are appointed by the governor, while five are chosen by the County Legislature. One student trustee is elected annually by the student body.

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Starry Night Theatre gathers prizes for March 24 dinner

NORTH TONAWANDA -- Members of Starry Night Theatre, who perform at the Ghostlight Theatre in North Tonawanda, are gathering prizes for their fundraising dinner March 24.

Prizes so far include a flat-screen TV, a gas grill and $250 lottery basket. Tickets are $30 a person or $250 for a table of 10 people. For information and tickets, call 743-1614.

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Funding sought for film on Iroquois Indian Band

Producers of a half-hour, independent documentary featuring the Iroquois Indian Band have launched a Web campaign to complete the film.

"Sousa on the Rez: Marching to the Beat of a Different Drum," which looks at the little-known tradition of brass band music among Native Americans, is seeking funds through March 17 at www.kickstarter.com.