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> SALAMANCA

Nominating petitions ready for School Board election

SALAMANCA -- Anyone interested in being a candidate for the Salamanca Board of Education can begin to circulate nominating petitions for the May 15 elections.

The candidate receiving the highest number of votes will serve a five-year unsalaried term from July 1 to June 30, 2017. The seat currently held by Barb Sande is expiring. She has picked up petitions but has not yet filed them, school officials said.

To qualify as a candidate, a person must be an enrolled voter and school district resident for one year prior to April 25. Candidates must file nominating petitions by 4 p.m. April 25 with the school district clerk. Petitions and information are available from Janet L. Grochowina by calling 945-2403.

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> SPECIAL EVENT

Treatment service celebrating 75th anniversary Thursday

Child & Adolescent Treatment Services celebrates its 75th anniversary with a gala reception and awards ceremony from 6 to 10 p.m. Thursday in Salvatore's Italian Gardens, 6461 Transit Road, Lancaster.

Awards will be given to Bob Bennett, chancellor emeritus of the state Board of Regents; Dr. Shepard Goldberg, past CATS executive director; philanthropists Bill and Nancy Gacioch; and Women & Children's Hospital of Buffalo.

Tickets are available by calling Cassie Wall at 819-3420, Ext. 140, or emailing cwall@catswny.org. CATS works with young people ages 3 to 21 with depression and behavioral difficulties and with victims of sexual abuse.

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> BUFFALO

Youth Police Academy accepting applications

The Buffalo Police Department's 17th annual Youth Police Academy, set from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. March 24, is accepting applications for seventh- and eighth-grade students.

Those who participate in the free academy will learn about cyber crime and drug prevention, and receive tips on living a healthy lifestyle for teenagers. They also will have the chance to talk with different experts in the Police Department and other agencies.

In addition, lunch and snacks will be served, and a graduation certificate will be awarded to each youngster. Participation also counts for a community service credit.

There are only 100 slots available, and applications must be received by March 16. School principals have applications. Also, applications can be obtained by calling 851-4523.

The academy will be held in Buffalo Police Headquarters, 74 Franklin St.

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> HAMBURG

Horse Council chapter will hold second Equifest

The Western Chapter of the New York State Horse Council will hold its second annual Equifest from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. March 18 in the Showplex at the Hamburg Fairgrounds. Admission is free.

There will be equine demonstrations all day long, a variety of clinics and more than 80 vendors, as well as a Meet the Breed parade of horses. For information, visit www.wcnyshe.org.