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>Lawmakers endorse Keane for county executive

James P. Keane snared more endorsements Saturday in his bid to become Erie County Executive.

At a news conference on Bidwell Parkway, Keane won the backing of Assemblyman Sam Hoyt, Erie County Legislator Maria Whyte, Delaware Council Member Michael J. LoCurto and Niagara District Council candidate David Rivera.

The Buffalo Democrats described Keane, a former deputy county executive and Common Council member, as an experienced public servant with a fiscally responsible track record.

Keane faces two opponents in the September Democratic primary. West Seneca Supervisor Paul T. Clark and former Buffalo Mayor Jimmy Griffin are also seeking the Democratic line. The winner will face Republican candidate Chris Collins in the November election.


>Pulaski Day Parade steps off at 1:30 p.m. today

The annual Pulaski Day Parade is scheduled to begin at 1:30 p.m. todayat Thruway Plaza on Walden Avenue in Cheektowaga.

Residents are encouraged to attend the free event.

The parade will proceed north on Harlem Road past Cheektowaga Town Park.

Thomas and Elaine Kolbert have been named grand marshals for the parade. He has been a Cheektowaga town justice for 17 years. She is a retired Buffalo teacher.

The Gen. Casimir Pulaski Parade is held each year in memory of the general from Poland who assisted the colonists in the Revolutionary War.


>Clarence missionaries to help in New Orleans

Eighteen members of a Clarence church will spend six days in New Orleans rebuilding hurricane-ravaged homes.

The First Presbyterian congregants will leave today as part of a youth mission sponsored by World Servants Mission 2007. The group is made up of seven adults and 11 teenagers. The host church in Metairie, La., Celebration Church, will provide meals, housing and transportation to the work sites.

The group will return to Western New York on Saturday.


>Picnic for leashed dogs set for Saturday

Just in time for the dog days of summer, the Clarence Community Center will welcome leashed dogs for a picnic from noon to 4 p.m. Saturday in Clarence Town Park.

The event, called "Bark in the Park," will feature a Frisbee catch competition open to dogs that are well-behaved in public places, as well as an obstacle course and a talent show for dogs.

Also, there will be contests to see which dog owners look the most like their pet and for the smallest dog, the biggest dog, the dog with the loudest bark and the dog with the most unique howl.

Participants are advised to bring lawn chairs, sun block and a prepared dish of human food to pass around.

Admission is $1.

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