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Conference Tuesday to focus 
on family violence issues

NIAGARA FALLS – The Child Advocacy Center will host its annual Family Violence Intervention Conference on Tuesday at the Conference and Event Center of Niagara Falls.

More than 200 professionals from across Western New York are expected to attend the 14th annual conference, "Safe at Home: Seeking Solutions for Adult and Child Victims of Family Violence."

Keynote speaker Alison Cunningham of the Centre for Children and Families in the Justice System of London, Ont., will discuss the problems children face when they grow up in homes with domestic violence in her presentation, "Helping Children Thrive by Understanding How They Think and Feel about Domestic Violence."

Other speakers include Mike Lew, director of the Next Step Counseling and Training Center, who will address the need to prevent sexual victimization of males, with special attention to how male victims of sexual abuse differ from female victims.

The convention begins Domestic Violence Awareness Month and is sponsored by the Niagara County Family Violence Intervention Project and Child Advocacy Center of Niagara Falls. Co-sponsors are the Niagara County Department of Mental Health Trauma Treatment Specialty Services Division, Catholic Charities of Buffalo, Niagara County Social Services and the Northeast Regional Child Advocacy Center.

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Nichols announces 
a new head of school

The Nichols School named a new head of school Friday after a nationwide search to replace the Buffalo college prep school's current head, who will retire at the end of the school year.

William P. Clough IV is currently the associate head of school at Berkshire School in Sheffield, Mass.

He will take on his new role at Nichols on July 1, making him the 12th head of the school.

Nichols officials noted accomplishments at Berkshire during Clough's time there, including three fully funded $25 million-plus building projects, the doubling of the school's endowment to $94 million, the expansion of its admission application numbers by 150 percent, and other projects to develop and grow the school.

Clough holds a master's degree in education from Harvard University and a master's in English from the Bread Loaf School of English at Middlebury College. He has a bachelor's degree in history from Colby College and graduated from Holderness School in Plymouth, N.H.

Nichols' current head of school, Rick C. Bryan, is retiring after 30 years at the school. He has been head since 1994.

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Preservation League
 awards three grants

Three grants to Erie County organizations by the Preservation League of New York were announced as part of the weeklong Preservation Plus conference.

The grants include $7,000 to the Hull Family Home and Farmstead in Lancaster, $10,000 for the Darwin D. Martin House Complex for cultural landscape reports, and $6,200 to help complete the nomination of the Fargo Estate neighborhood on Buffalo's West Side for the State and National Registers of Historic Places.