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School Board approves new superintendent

SILVER CREEK -- Daniel Ljiljanich has been appointed superintendent of the Silver Creek School District.

The School Board approved the appointment unanimously last week.

Ljiljanich comes to Silver Creek from Williamsville, where he served most recently as principal of Williamsville South High School. He earlier taught social studies in the City of Tonawanda and Orchard Park districts.

Ljiljanich earned a bachelor's degree from Fredonia State College and a master's degree from Buffalo State College.

He will begin work in Silver Creek on July 1.

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Health center awarded $650,000 federal grant

The federal government has provided a $650,000 grant to create the first federally qualified health center in Chautauqua County, Sen. Charles E. Schumer announced Wednesday.

The Chautauqua Health Center, which has been in the works for five years, will offer medical, dental and behavioral health services to more than 5,000 residents when it opens in the fall.

Federally qualified health centers receive higher reimbursement from the government in exchange for providing fairly comprehensive basic medical services regardless of a patient's ability to pay.

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Casino money allocated to several local events

LOCKPORT -- The Niagara County Legislature allocated Seneca Niagara Casino money to several local events Tuesday.

The Legislature voted $5,000 to the Town of Wheatfield: $4,000 to promote the town's farmers' market and $1,000 for the band Roar 84 to play at the town's July 4 celebration.

The "Das Haus" German heritage museum in Bergholz received $2,500, and a like amount was approved for the Town of Niagara bicentennial weekend June 30 and July 1.

Lawmakers also approved contracts with Snow Park LLC of Niagara Falls and Viatran Corp. of Wheatfield, a sensor manufacturer, to extend their power allocations from the county's Empower Niagara program for 39 months in exchange for the companies taking less electricity.

Snow Park is being cut from 300 to 135 kilowatts per year, while Viatran's allocation falls from 150 to 120 kilowatts.

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Legislature ratifies budget for NCCC

LOCKPORT -- The Niagara County Legislature Tuesday ratified the 2012-13 Niagara County Community College budget, which includes a 2 percent tuition increase.

The $48.6 million budget, which shows a total spending increase of six-tenths of 1 percent, keeps the county taxpayers' share unchanged at $8.87 million for the sixth consecutive year.

Also Tuesday, the Legislature renewed the contract of lobbying firm Masiello, Martucci, Calabrese & Associates for six more months at $5,000 a month. The firm is looking for homeland security funding for the county.