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500-plus chefs expected at regional conference

More than 500 chefs from Maine to Washington, D.C., are coming to Conference Center Niagara Falls on Friday through Monday for the American Culinary Federation's Northeast Regional Conference.

The conference will include tours of restaurants and food service operations in Buffalo and Niagara Falls, specialty food workshops and winery tours. High point will be the American Academy of Chefs Academy Dinner on Sunday in the Buffalo Club. Other restaurants to be featured during the conference include Tempo, Sea Bar, Hutch's and the Anchor Bar.

About 40 chefs from Western New York will take part in the conference, and some are competing for awards, including James Roberts, executive chef at Park Country Club of Buffalo, who is a candidate for Chef of the Year.

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Gospel Fest on Friday is family-oriented

NIAGARA FALLS -- At least seven musical groups or individual performers will be on the program for a free, family-oriented Gospel Fest sponsored by Community Missions Inc. of the Niagara Frontier at 7 p.m. Friday in First Assembly of God Church, 9750 Niagara Falls Blvd.

Doors will open for seating at 6:30, and a reception with light refreshments will follow the program.

Attendees are asked to bring a non-perishable food item to donate to the Community Missions food pantry, if possible.

A free-will offering will be taken to help the work of the missions, including a shelter for the homeless, soup kitchen, food pantry, re-entry program for parolees and HIV/AIDS services.

Performers will include:

*The Anointed Voices of Praise from Christ Redemption Tabernacle of Niagara Falls.

*Revelation, St. Paul Lutheran Church, North Tonawanda.

*Mount Erie Male Chorus, Mount Erie Baptist Church, Niagara Falls.

*Nocturnal Project of Buffalo.

*LeVern Durham and the Dominion Community Choir, Buffalo.

*Sharifah, Buffalo.

*Joanne Lorenzo of the Magdalene Project, Niagara Falls.

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Newfane gets new contract to treat landfill leachate

LOCKPORT -- The Niagara County Refuse Disposal District board approved a new four-year contract this week for the Town of Newfane to treat leachate from the district's three Lockport landfills.

The deal brings the price of the treatment under a penny a gallon for the first time, district director Richard P. Pope said.

Newfane will charge .725 cents per gallon to treat an average of 2 million gallons of leachate per year at its wastewater treatment plant on East Lake Road. That's $14,500 a year, or half the price the City of Lockport has charged the district for the past three years, Pope said.

The district's truck hauls leachate for treatment about three times a week. Newfane will disinfect the waste by chlorination and also scrub away its rotten-egg odor, Pope said.