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Winners in local cookoff
 will meet in showdown

The two winners in a local cookoff will jump out of the proverbial frying pan Sunday and into the firing line for contest finale showdown.

Local chefs Teddy Bryant of the traveling Lloyd Taco Truck and DJ Cook of Sample restaurant in Allentown will compete in the Nickel City Firing Line Finale after emerging as the winners of two previous cooking matches. Each chef will have 45 minutes to prepare an entree from ingredients in a mystery basket and a dessert featuring a secret ingredient in under 20 minutes. The chef with the highest score will be named the 2012 Nickel City Firing Line Champion.

The contest will take place at 5:30 p.m. in Artisans Kitchens and Baths, 200 Amherst St. The guest judges include Buffalo News restaurant critic Andrew Z. Galarneau. Tickets are $32.


New directional signs
 set for Municipal Center

The Town of Aurora soon will have new directional signs for its new Southside Municipal Center, the new town hall, at 300 Gleed Ave.

Town officials announced this week that the signs, to be made by Erie County, will be installed on four sign posts that also name Explore 'N More Children's Museum. Village public works crews will install the signs in the next few weeks, Supervisor Jolene Jeffe said.

In other business Monday, the town announced shortened town office hours for Christmas Eve. Town offices will be open from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. The Town Board also accepted $550 in three donations for the Gleed Baseball Diamond project.


Board to step up effort
 to update code book

The Holland School Board has agreed to step up efforts to bring the district code book up to date.

School Board and Policy Committee member Ronda Strauss said there is a two-year backlog on policies to review. "If we take eight at a time, we can be caught up in three months," she told fellow board members this week.

The district subscribes to an Erie 1 BOCES policy service that sends out one updated policy per month. The policy notifications can be about major initiatives like the Dignity for Students Act or offer a tweak in current policy language. Strauss said the committee had not received the monthly BOCES notifications from the administration in two years. Interim Superintendent Sylvia Root said she hoped the district will become current with policies.


Holiday toy collection 
to run through Dec. 10

Toys will be collected through Dec. 10 in Kenmore and the Town of Tonawanda for the annual drive sponsored by the town Department of Youth, Parks and Recreation.

New, unwrapped toys can be left in barrels at municipal facilities – including the Ken-Ton Municipal Building, police stations and recreational sites. Barrels also are at the Tonawanda Community Federal Credit Union offices at 257 Highland Parkway and 315 Delaware Ave., and the Dollar General store at 3170 Delaware Ave.