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$150,000 grant to help fight obesity in children

NIAGARA FALLS -- The Health Association of Niagara County has received a $150,000 state grant to fund programs aimed at reducing childhood obesity in the city.

The grant from the New York State Health Foundation will be used to review Niagara Falls school menus and the contents of vending machines in the schools.

A nutrition education program will be implemented in community after-school programs, and Niagara University students will be enlisted as mentors to assist in a weekend exercise program for pupils ages 6 to 12.

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District attorney plans to shuffle personnel

LOCKPORT -- Niagara County District Attorney Matthew J. Murphy III says he will decide shortly on shuffling personnel in his office, after receiving word that his top assistant, Timothy R. Lundquist, is planning to retire next month.

Murphy announced last summer he would not run for re-election this year, and Lundquist said at the time he would leave when Murphy did. But Friday Lundquist said he changed his mind on the timing of his departure "just looking at all the personal options and what was best for me economically."

Murphy said, "I'm trying to look into the possibility of Tim coming back on a part-time or advisory basis." Lundquist has prosecuted most of the homicides and other high-profile cases in the county since Murphy took office and appointed him first assistant in 1992.

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Seneca Diabetes Foundation plans black-tie gala

The Seneca Diabetes Foundation will hold a black-tie gala Feb. 9 in the Seneca Casino & Hotel in Niagara Falls to fund an endowment at Women and Children's Hospital of Buffalo.

The purpose of the endowment is to fund critical research in the prevention of diabetes, recruit a top-notch endocrinologist to the hospital and offer mentoring and internship opportunities for Seneca Nation members interested in a career in medicine.

The funds also will help provide direct patient care for Seneca Nation members on the reservations. The Seneca Diabetes Foundation will invest $1.5 million over the next three to five years to fund the endowment.

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52 needy children get warm clothes and snack

TOWN OF NIAGARA -- Fifty-two needy children got to select some warm winter clothing recently at the Fashion Outlets of Niagara, courtesy of anonymous contributors and the local Salvation Army's 10th Annual Warm Clothing Program.

The youngsters each were able to spend $100.

Sean J. O'Connor, chairman of the Salvation Army's Advisory Board, said Honey's Restaurant also sponsored a pizza party for the children.

The county Department of Social Services, the Niagara Falls School District and the Salvation Army provided the names of children for the event.

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