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>7-pound, 7-ounce baby is born on 7/7 /07

It was a Holland mother's lucky day Saturday -- on the calendar date 7/7 /07 -- when she gave birth to a 7-pound, 7-ounce baby boy.

On a day heralded as especially lucky because of the triple 7s, Rachelle and Wally Mysiak found themselves in Mercy Hospital, where doctors induced her labor. At 1:13 p.m. -- that's 13:13 in military time -- the couple's third child, Matthew Joseph, entered the world.

Wally Mysiak took a photo of Matthew on the scale to record the lucky weight, but he said the couple only cares that the labor went smoothly and mother and baby are both healthy.

"But we are thinking about buying lottery tickets today, which we never do," he said.

Matthew's mother is the daughter of WBEN-AM morning news personality John Zach.

"Look at it this way -- we're never going to forget this kid's birthday or his weight," Zach said.


>'Briere Bunch' raises $62,215 for camp

Camp Good Days and Special Times recently raised more than $62,000 selling hats autographed by former Buffalo Sabre Daniel Briere before he departed for Philadelphia.

Briere and his wife, Sylvie, presented Camp Good Days with a check for $62,215 -- the grand total of funds raised through the "Briere Bunch" hat sales -- at its sixth annual gala, Campdidilyumptious, on June 23.

"Camp Good Days always thanks us, but really, we want to thank them for giving us this opportunity to help out," Briere said at the event, which drew 500 participants.

Camp Good Days sold the autographed "Briere Bunch" hats toward the end of the regular National Hockey League season and throughout the playoffs. The "Briere Bunch" was started by a small group of devoted fans and grew to many more, some of whom sported temporary tattoos that read "Briere Bunch" during the playoffs. A 16-foot "Briere Bunch" sign was put up inside HSBC Arena during every playoff game.

Funds raised through the "Briere Bunch" hat sales will go directly to supporting the children and families of Camp Good Days, an organization dedicated to improving the quality of life for children who are coping with cancer.


>IDA to hold forum on future development

The Amherst Industrial Development Agency will hold a discussion Thursday to hear the public's ideas about future development and revitalization of Sheridan Drive in the Northtown area.

Input from Amherst residents, business owners and landowners will be used to "form the foundation of the vision for the area's future and to generate ideas for what can be done to help the area be more successful," according to a statement released by the IDA.

The Amherst IDA received funding from New York State in 2006 to study the Sheridan Drive Commercial District and to develop revitalization plans for areas facing environmental concerns that may impede redevelopment. These sites include former gasoline stations and printing shops. The meeting will begin at 7 p.m. in the Sweet Home High School Community Room.

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