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>Projects to include new sidewalks, sewers

New sidewalks and sewers in Depew have been included in projects approved by the Erie County Consortium for Community Development Block Grants.

The plans call for replacing sidewalks on Sanilac and Calumet streets for $49,575 and lining sewers on Penora Street and Laverack Avenue for $66,000.

"The sewers are old, well over 100 years old," said Village Clerk/Administrator Robert Kucewicz.

Depew signed a consent order with the state Department of Environmental Conservation to reduce the infiltration into its sewer system.

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>Free rabies clinic set for dogs and cats

A free rabies clinic for dogs and cats, the first in a series, will be held from 2 to 4 p.m. Wednesday in the North Buffalo Community Center, 203 Sanders Road off Colvin Boulevard, just south of Kenmore Avenue.

The Erie County Department of Health will be joined by the Niagara Frontier Veterinarian Society and the Erie County SPCA to provide free vaccines.

Animal rabies continues to be a serious public health problem, and in the spring there is an increased chance of contact between wildlife, humans and their pets, said Erie County Health Commissioner Anthony J. Billittier.

Legislature Chairwoman Lynn M. Marinelli, D-Town of Tonawanda, said exposure to a wild animal, as well as bites from dogs or cats, should be reported to the Health Department by calling 858-7677 during the day or 898-4225 during evenings and weekends.

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>Sisters Hospital lost power for 16 minutes

Sisters Hospital lost electricity for 16 minutes Friday morning when National Grid cut off power, and hospital generators failed to kick on.

Dennis McCarthy, a spokesman for the Catholic Health System, said the unannounced power outage did not hurt patients, including those awaiting surgery.

McCarthy said the hospital is trying to determine why National Grid cut off power and why the hospital's generators did not operate properly.

He said the generators kicked on at about the same time National Grid restored power to the hospital.

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>Morrison is grand marshal of St. Patrick's Parade

John P. Morrison, newly elected president of the United Irish-American Association of Erie County, will be grand marshal of the 66th annual St. Patrick's Day Parade on March 18.

A South Buffalo native and Orchard Park resident, Morrison has volunteered for the event since 1987 and been on the parade executive committee since 1996.

He is chief information officer and a director of Financial Trust Credit Union and a well-known youth hockey coach.

The parade sponsored by the United Irish-American Association will step off from Niagara Square at 2 p.m. and follow Delaware Avenue to North Street. Morrison's wife, Denice; daughter, Aryn; and son, Jason, will be depty grand marshals.

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