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Elfvin hospitalized, undergoing tests

U.S. District Judge John T. Elfvin has been hospitalized, and his court schedule has been postponed for at least the next week, court officials said Friday.

The 89-year-old judge, who has had health problems in recent years, was hospitalized Wednesday, said District Judge Richard J. Arcara, chief judge of the Western District of New York.

"John is undergoing some medical tests. We all hope they go well, and we can't wait until he gets back," Arcara said.

Arcara declined to discuss the situation in more detail and won't say what hospital Elfvin is in.

Elfvin has been a judge since 1974.


Blizzard of '77 featured in museum program

A program examining the Blizzard of 1977, which blanketed the Buffalo area 30 years ago, is scheduled for 2 p.m. Sunday in the Buffalo Science Museum.

"The Blizzard of '77 Remembered" will feature archival footage of the storm and its aftermath. It will be screened as a companion to the museum's exhibit "Snow."

Rich Kellman of WGRZ-TV Channel 2 News will serve as master of ceremonies. Other scheduled speakers include Tom Niziol, director of the Cheektowaga office of the National Weather Service, and Erno Rossi, author of "White Death," a book about the blizzard.

Admission is $7 for adults, $6 for senior citizens and $5 for students and children.


Groundbreaking held for base fire-rescue unit

NIAGARA FALLS -- Rep. Louise M. Slaughter, D-Fairport, joined other elected representatives and local officials at a groundbreaking ceremony Friday at the Niagara Falls Air Reserve Station to begin construction of an $8 million fire and rescue complex.

The new firehouse will provide crash, fire and rescue service for the air base and Niagara Falls International Airport, which shares runways with the base.

The 30,000-square-foot building will house the base's civilian fire departments and those of the 914th Airlift Wing and the 107th Air Refueling Wing, as well as Department of Defense emergency response crews and equipment.


Wegmans chain recalls Garden French Dressing

Salad dressing marketed by the Wegmans chain is the subject of a recall.

Wegmans Fat Free Garden French Dressing, manufactured by E.D. Smith & Sons, may contain undeclared milk, which can cause a severe reaction in those who are allergic to it. No illnesses have been reported.

The dressing is packaged in 16-ounce, clear plastic bottles with a UPC number of 77890 81871. The bottles are marked with a date code of "AUG 22 07." Only bottles with this date code are targeted by the recall.

The dressing was distributed to stores in New York, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Virginia and Maryland. Consumers should return the product to the place of purchase for a full refund. For more information, call the company at (519) 527-0610, Ext. 330, or visit

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