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120 target Verizon store, National Fuel Gas site

About 120 people held demonstrations at the Verizon store on Sheridan Drive in Amherst Saturday afternoon and then later at the National Fuel Gas headquarters on Main Street in Williamsville as part of a national movement dubbed the "99 Percent Spring."

The demonstrators included members of PUSH Buffalo, VOICE Buffalo, the Coalition for Economic Justice, Citizen Action and the National Fuel Accountability Coalition. At the Verizon store, the demonstrators delivered a letter for the CEO of the communications giant, urging Lowell McAdam to negotiate a fair contract with workers.

The same group of protesters then gathered outside National Fuel, announcing they had collected 1,000 letters demanding CEO David Smith to use money from its conservation incentive program to invest in weatherization of homes of people who can't afford gas bills.

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LaSalle heritage is focus of address by historian

NIAGARA FALLS -- Teresa Lasher Winslow, a professional historian with a special interest in the former Village of LaSalle, will speak on "LaSalle Waterways, a Historical Look Back," from 6 to 8 p.m. Monday in the LaSalle Branch Library, 8728 Buffalo Ave.

Winslow will discuss the heritage of the LaSalle waterfront that made the historic village a place to settle and prosper.

Attendees are invited to bring photos, memorabilia and memories to share and add to the historical records being assembled at the library.

The program is co-sponsored by LaSalle PRIDE Inc. and the Niagara Falls Public Library.

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Investigative reporting center taps Coppola as head of board

Lee Coppola, whose career has included stints as an investigative reporter, journalism school dean and federal prosecutor, has been elected president of the board of Investigative Post, a nonprofit investigative reporting center focused on issues of concern to Western New York.

Board members also elected other officers, including Robert Skerker, chairman of Robinson Home Products and president of Think Solutions Inc., a private investment company, as vice president/treasurer; and Jody Kleinberg Biehl, director of the Journalism Certificate Program at the University at Buffalo and faculty adviser for the Spectrum, UB's student newspaper, as secretary.

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Electronic waste recycling posts first-quarter increase

LOCKPORT -- Electronic waste recycling is booming in the Town of Lockport, Councilman Paul W. Siejak said last week.

In the first three months of this year, 6,162 pounds of electronic items were brought to Town Hall for recycling. Siejak said that's a big jump over the 4,914 pounds recycled during the last six months of 2011.

The town received a check for $308 as its share of first-quarter proceeds.

The town is paid five cents a pound by Regional Computer Recycling and Recovery of Rochester, which paid $245 for the last half of 2011.