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Problem with switch cuts power to 1,700

More than 1,700 Amherst customers lost power temporarily at 2 p.m. Wednesday because of a problem with a switch atop a power line pole, a National Grid spokesman said.

Power was restored to 1,600 customers by 5:25, with all service restored by 7:15, the spokesman said.


Two grants support low-income homeowners

WASHINGTON -- Local agencies have been awarded more than $1 million for affordable housing and home renovations in Western New York in two separate grants announced by Reps. Louise M. Slaughter, D-Fairport, and Brian Higgins, D-Buffalo.

A $565,000 grant will help low-income families cover down payments, closing costs and mortgages for newly constructed homes in Willert Park Village and Crescent Village in Buffalo, and will help fund construction of 40 new townhouses in Unity Park in Niagara Falls.

Meanwhile, a $480,000 grant to the Chautauqua Home Rehabilitation and Improvement Corporation will be used to aid in renovations at dozens of homes in Chautauqua County.

The grants came from the Federal Home Loan Bank.


Debut campaign raises $23,000 for research

Kids Create Hope raised more than $23,000 for pediatric cancer research during the debut Kids Create Hope Walk on Saturday at Beaver Island State Park.

The fundraiser attracted 400 participants. Kids Create Hope was created in memory of Dr. Shane Ferguson, a local pediatrician who died last fall after a three-year battle with pancreatic cancer.

Ferguson's family created an endowment through the Roswell Park Alliance Foundation to keep raising funds to win the fight against pediatric cancer. Proceeds from the walk are directed to Carly's Club at Roswell Park Cancer Institute.


City Mission will hold 'Great Sleep Out' in stadium

Buffalo's City Mission will hold its "Great Sleep Out for the Homeless" July 13 at UB Stadium on the North Campus.

Registration is through Friday. Visit or calling Aubrey Calhoun at 348-3101 for more information.

The event begins at 5:30 p.m. July 13 and continues until 8:30 a.m. Saturday. Featured is an address at 8 p.m. by Mark Cahill, author of "One Thing You Can't Do in Heaven." There also will be a concert at 9 p.m. featuring Relevant Worship, a Buffalo-based Christian rock band; Nathan Salter, minister of music at Greater Refuge Temple Church; and Bang Theory, a group of rap artists.

Breakfast includes an awards ceremony recognizing fundraising and community service contributions, as well as sleeping shelter designs.

For $25 -- in advance or at the gate -- the public will be able to attend events without sleeping out.

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