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Habitat works on house donated by Canisius

Canisius College has transferred ownership of a house and lot on Eastwood Place to Habitat for Humanity.

Habitat for Humanity started renovation of the house on Saturday, and the project will continue for several months before the house is turned over to the new homeowner.

The properties next to campus were acquired by the college in the late 1980s for student housing, but the college no longer used them. Most recently, the house served as a construction office for crews working on the college's now-completed Eastwood Hall, a 270-bed residence hall.

"As we considered our options with this property, it became clear that with the completion of our residence hall projects on campus, we no longer needed this house for student housing," said John J. Hurley, vice president for college relations. "We were not interested in simply putting the house on the market and allowing an absentee landlord to acquire the property."


Hunter's Day of Hope will be held Tuesday

The ninth annual Hunter's Day of Hope for Children -- and the first since the death of Hunter Kelly last August -- will be held from 5 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at the Buffalo Bills Fieldhouse in Orchard Park.

This year, as always, Hunter's Day of Hope takes place on Feb. 14, the birthday the young boy shared with his father, Jim. Hunter would have turned 9 on Tuesday.

All area families are invited to attend the event.

There is no charge for admission, entertainment or refreshments.

"This event is a celebration of the blessing of children in our lives," Jim Kelly stated. "Parents and kids have a lot of fun at all the activities, but the whole idea is to stress the importance of loving and valuing children."

Kelly and his wife, Jill, founded the Hunter's Hope Foundation in 1997, after Hunter was diagnosed with Krabbe leukodystrophy.

The foundation remains the couple's lifelong commitment to raise awareness, fund research into Krabbe and other leukodystrophies, and push for universal newborn screening.


Bill would target sex offenders

LOCKPORT -- Common Council President John Lombardi III wants Lockport to follow in the footsteps of several Erie County communities in barring convicted sex offenders from living within a quarter-mile of schools, parks, or other spots where children gather.

Lombardi, R-5th Ward, will introduce the proposed law at Wednesday's Council session and ask his colleagues to schedule a public hearing on it for March 1.

Lombardi said the law passed in Amherst was reported to him by former Alderman Dennis J. Stachera, chairman of the Niagara County Youth Board, and Amherst Councilwoman Shelly Schratz e-mailed him about it. Buffalo, Depew and Cheektowaga either have passed or are considering such laws.

"I think it's a good step for the City of Lockport," Lombardi said.

But Alderman Patrick W. Schrader, D-4th Ward, said the logistics might be difficult because the city is only three miles from end to end and has 10 public schools and many small parks.

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