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International Nativity sets 
on display for public to enjoy

An international collection of 355 Nativity sets from 52 different countries will be on free public display every Saturday and Sunday from the upcoming weekend through Jan. 5-6 in SS. Columba-Brigid Catholic Church, Hickory and Eagle streets, near Clinton Street.

The Rev. Roy T. Herberger, pastor, has built up his personal, diverse collection of Nativity sets for many years, and made them available for public viewing during the Christmas season.

Most of the sets – many of them handmade – reflect the cultures from which they came. Some are made of unusual materials. One set is carved from lumps of coal, another is fashioned from discarded soft-drink cans.
They all reflect the basic scene of Jesus' birth, with the Christ child, the manger, Mary and Joseph, the wise men, angels, shepherds and their animals.

The figures represent all races and ethnic groups, and many of them appear in native clothing. There is a special section for children.

The collection will be on public display from 1 to 4 p.m. each Saturday and Sunday. Group tours are welcome to visit on weekdays by calling Herberger at 852-2076 for arrangements.


3 Delphi engineers honored for GM heater core's design

Three local Delphi engineers were honored earlier this month with an award for designing a new passenger compartment heater core to be used in General Motors vehicles.

A committee of Delphi engineering executives chose Don Corser and Gregory Smith of Lockport and Fred Oddi of Lancaster for the 2012 "Boss" Kettering Award. Their patented design, called the cross-counter flow heater core, "exemplifies technical excellence as well as facilitated increased revenue and profitability for the Delphi Corp.," the company said in its announcement. The core improves the way heat is passed into the car.

Corser, Smith and Oddi received their award Nov. 14 at Delphi headquarters in Troy.

The award is given each year for excellence in engineering achievement, for creativity and innovation.

It's named after Charles "Boss" Kettering, who invented the electric car starter among almost 200 patents at GM, where he was head of research from 1920 to 1947.


Town Board crafting law 
to cover event permits

The Marilla Town Board is designing a law to require permits and proof of insurance for any events held on town property.

During a work session earlier this month, board members consulted with Town Attorney Joel Kurtzhalts on the issue, which would exclude any events held on property owned by the fire company. Kurtzhalts suggested an insurance certificate from all vendors that sell food and other items. The decision arose because of issues in recent years – especially the annual car show, which requires extra costs and could possibly result in lawsuits or accidents.

Also, a work session will be held at 7 p.m. Tuesday in the Community Center on a possible December board vote on whether to turn over town water districts to the Erie County Water Authority.