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Heritage Days activities set at marina entrance

Buffalo Heritage Days will be held today and Sunday at the Erie Boulevard entrance to Erie Basin Marina.

The festival, sponsored by the State Power Authority, will feature walking tours, wagon rides and tours of the Pierce-Arrow Museum at 263 Michigan Ave.

The festival will also welcome the schooner Lois McClure on its return from its "Grand Canal Journey," during which it traveled 1,000 miles in 100 days on the Erie Canal system.

The main activities will take place between noon and 4 p.m.


Helicopter flights will inspect power lines

From Monday through Wednesday, New York State Electric & Gas Corp. will conduct helicopter flyovers to inspect power lines in Erie, Niagara and Cattaraugus counties.

Bill Ransom, NYSEG regional director, said the routine inspections use helicopters in order to get an aerial perspective.


Control board chairman to undergo medical tests

Anthony J. Baynes, chairman of the Erie County control board, is expected to undergo a series of tests this weekend in Millard Fillmore Hospital after collapsing at Thursday's board meeting.

Baynes, 49, has been recovering from a traumatic brain injury suffered in an auto accident in November 2003. He was holding his head after collapsing Thursday morning.


O'Donnell to oversee public safety agencies

Denise O'Donnell, commissioner of the state Department of Criminal Justice Services, has been appointed to serve as assistant secretary for criminal justice, Gov. Eliot L. Spitzer has announced.

O'Donnell will oversee public safety and criminal-justice agencies, including the State Police, the Department of Corrections and the Division of Parole. She will continue her role in Criminal Justice Services, which serves as a planning and analysis office for all of the criminal-justice agencies.

A former U.S. attorney for the Western District of New York, O'Donnell succeeds LaiSun Yee, who is the new assistant secretary for homeland security. That job was left vacant by the reassignment of William F. Howard, who was involved in the attempt to discredit State Senate Majority Leader Joseph L. Bruno, R-Brunswick.

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