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>Photo contest to focus on creative close-ups

The Charles E. Burchfield Nature & Art Center in West Seneca announces a photography contest, "It's All in the Close-Up," focusing on creative approaches to close-up photos of everyday items.

Deadline is Feb. 12. An opening reception for all participating photographers is Feb. 16. For entries, call 677-4843 or visit


>Power Project's bid for relicensing advances

The federal government has issued a final environmental impact statement, a key step in the relicensing of the Niagara Power Project.

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission's report, released Dec. 29, is the last regulatory step before approval of a new 50-year license for the hydroelectric plants in Lewiston.

The report includes the environmental improvements proposed by the plant's operator, the State Power Authority, as well as the settlement agreements reached between the authority and local stakeholders.

The plant's current license will expire in August.


>Red Cross issues call for blood donations

The American Red Cross is urgently seeking eligible donors to give blood during National Volunteer Blood Donor Month, particularly those with universal Type O Negative blood.

Local Red Cross officials said the agency is seeking to strengthen its declining regional blood supply. The Red Cross collected 2,000 units less blood in December 2006 than in did in December 2005, largely because of the back-to-back Monday holidays this past Christmas and New Year's Day.

Meanwhile, the agency is rationing Type O Negative blood requested by hospitals and projects that its supply of Type A Negative blood will reach critical levels by next week.

Eligible blood donors who are at least 17 years old and weigh more than 110 pounds can make an appointment to donate by calling (800) 448-3543.


>UB conference to focus on metabonomics

A free, daylong conference on metabonomics, which aims to diagnose diseases by profiling body fluids -- will be held Monday at the University at Buffalo.

The morning program, from 8:30 a.m. to 12:15 p.m., will be held in Room 225 of the Natural Sciences Complex on the North Campus in Amherst. The afternoon workshop will be held in the Center for Tomorrow on the North Campus. The conference will include lunch and requires registration.

Jeremy Nicholson, professor and chairman of biological chemistry at Imperial College in London, and a pioneer in the field, will deliver the keynote address at 8:30 a.m.

The event is being co-sponsored by the UB College of Arts and Sciences and Roswell Park Cancer Institute.

For more information, contact Donna Banach at 645-6800, Ext. 2250, or e-mail

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