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Small budget increase for library approved

LOCKPORT -- Voters overwhelmingly approved a small budget increase for the Lockport Public Library on Wednesday.

The vote, open to residents of the Lockport City School District, was 211 to 44 in favor of the $1.58 million budget, which increases spending $26,000.

The budget raises the library's share of the school district's property tax levy by 2.39 percent, or $32,000. The library tax increases from 94.8 cents to 97.1 cents per $1,000 of assessed valuation.

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Contract talks resume under federal mediator

MEDINA -- Union contract talks, with a federal mediator now presiding, resumed Wednesday at Orleans Community Health, formerly Medina Memorial Health Care System.

It was the 15th bargaining session since Dec. 13 between the hospital and Local 1199, Service Employees International Union, United Healthcare Workers East.

The union represents 325 employees, including registered nurses, licensed practical nurses, medical technicians, and service and maintenance employees.

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Artists and Craftsmen opening spring show

NORTH TONAWANDA -- An opening reception will be held from 6:30 to 8 p.m. today to mark the beginning of the Niagara Artists' and Craftsmen's Association's spring show.

Nine artists' works will be on display through May 4 in the Carnegie Art Center, 240 Goundry St.

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City official sponsors Easter contest for kids

NORTH TONAWANDA -- For the second year in a row, the city clerk and treasurer is sponsoring an Easter contest for children from kindergarten through sixth grade -- describe and draw an Easter egg design that represents the city and win a gift card.

Clerk Treasurer Scott Kiedrowski says the contest is a way to "help the Easter bunny" and encourage a connection between the City Hall and students.

They have until 5 p.m. April 13 to submit egg design drawings and a letter of 150 words or less explaining why the idea is a good representation of the city.

Applications are posted at the "what's new" link at northtonawanda.org. They can be dropped off at Kiedrowski's City Hall office. A winner from each grade will be invited to receive prizes at the May 1 Common Council meeting.

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Movie studio seeks extras for sci-fi horror film

DefTone Pictures studio is seeking extras Saturday for a scene in its sci-fi horror movie "Ombis" -- about an alien slime virus infecting Earth.

The producers need to fill Cheektowaga Town Hall, 3301 Broadway, with men and women ages 18 and over.

Filmmakers need extras, who will not be paid, at 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. Participants are welcome to attend both sessions.

For more information, go to www.deftonepicturesstudios.com.