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Ford Dealers to give van to selected agencies

Local nonprofit agencies may be eligible for a free Ford van through the Ford Friendship Express program operated by the Ford Dealers of Western New York.

The application deadline is March 1 and those agencies that are selected to receive a van will be notified in the spring.

All nonprofit organizations within the eight counties of Western New York and two counties in northern Pennsylvania are eligible to apply.

Over 12 years, the program has awarded 53 vans valued at over $1 million.


Habitat for Humanity awarded federal money

Habitat for Humanity of Buffalo will receive $73,000 in federal money to rehabilitate 10 city houses for low-income families.

The total cost of the project is $512,500. The approval of the funds, through Federal Home Loan Bank of New York, was announced Saturday by Rep. Louise M. Slaughter, D-Fairport.


Old Fort Niagara gets grant for new exhibits

YOUNGSTOWN -- Old Fort Niagara will receive $371,000 in federal funding to create three new exhibits, Rep. Louise M. Slaughter announced Friday.

The money was included in the Housing and Urban Development appropriations bills for fiscal year 2006. The new interpretive exhibits inside the fort will emphasize why the fort was important and how its buildings were used.

It's the second recent federal grant to the fort lined up by Slaughter. A $300,000 payment in the 2006 Justice Department appropriations bill funded educational program and student outreach efforts.


Journalism group seeks teens for radio show

Teenagers interested in learning about journalism and airing their own news/public affairs radio show will get the chance under a program to diversify the media being launched by the Buffalo Association of Black Journalists.

The one-hour monthly show will air on WHLD 1270-AM beginning later this year. The teen journalists will come up with story ideas, research the topics, conduct interviews and host the taped program. Equipment, training and guidance will be provided by the Black Journalists, WHLD and Buffalo State College's communications department. Teens will be responsible for transportation.

Interested teens, ages 15 through 18, should submit a one- to two-page essay on why they want to participate in the program and/or the importance of media to the community.

The Black Journalists will select about two-dozen young journalists to launch the program, which is open to all students in the targeted age group.

Essays, including contact information, should be submitted to: Buffalo Association of Black Journalists, P.O. Box 736, Ellicott Station, Buffalo NY 14205. The deadline is Jan. 31. For more information, call 849-5598.

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