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February 14, 2011

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Talent show auditions set

Auditions for a talent show sponsored by the Laurens Central School Class of 2012 and the Laurens Bicentennial Committee will be held Thursday at the school.

Participation in the show is open to all ages _ adults and students _ of the town of Laurens and the school district. Adult registrations are due by Thursday. Student registrations have already taken place.

The talent show will be at 2 p.m. Sunday, March 13, in the school auditorium. It will be the first event of the Laurens bicentennial year. The theme will be "Celebrating Laurens." Cash prizes will be awarded to student acts for those in kindergarten through 12th grade. A donation of $5 is suggested, with proceed going to the Class of 2012.

For more information, contact Mary Rokhvadze at the Laurens Central School at 432-2050.

School board to discuss budget

The Schenevus Central School Board of Education will meet at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 24, to continue the development of the 2011-12 school district budget and conduct other business.

Lenten pancake breakfasts planned

Morris United Methodist Church eighth annual Lenten pancake breakfasts.

The congregation of the Morris United Methodist Church will sponsor Saturday pancake breakfasts for four weeks, starting March 5, from 7:30 to 11:30 a.m. The menu includes all-you-can-eat pancakes and or French toast, with bacon, breakfast sausage, eggs (on request), applesauce, real maple syrup, orange juice, coffee, tea, milk and hot chocolate.

Donations will be accepted.

Gas drilling issues to be discussed

The upcoming meeting of the "Fourth Thursdays Speakers Series" will feature the fourth free public informational forum on natural gas drilling issues.

"Economic Impacts on Communities," at 8 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 24, at the United Church of Christ at 11 W. Main St. in Norwich, will feature panelists Jannette Barth and Nicole Dillingham presenting their expertise and taking questions. These ongoing monthly events are sponsored by C-CARE, Chenango Community for Renewable Energy.

Barth, a property owner in Delaware County, is an economist who has worked in the field for more than 35 years. she is the president of an economic research and consulting firm, J.M.Barth & Associates Inc. She wrote and self funded the report "Unanswered Questions About the Economic Impact of Gas Drilling in the Marcellus Shale: Don't Jump to Conclusions" in response to the existing studies and the state Department of Environmental Conservation's draft SGEIS.

Nicole Dillingham is a lawyer living in Otsego County, where she is a six-year member and now president of Otsego 2000. She is a graduate of Northwestern University School of Law and practiced commercial litigation for 23 years in California before moving here.

Attendees are asked to park on the street or in the nearby Hayes Street and county office building public parking lots; not in the church's lot.

For more information, call Chris at 334-6095 or e-mail Ken at ccare@frontier.com.

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