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>Legislature to review departmental spending

The Erie County Legislature on Thursday begins to review departmental spending for next year as it reviews County Executive Joel A. Giambra's 2008 budget proposal.

Lawmakers will hear about the Board of Elections budget at 9 a.m.; the district attorney's budget at 9:45; the comptroller's spending plan at 11; the county clerk's at 12:30 p.m.; the sheriff's at 1:30; and spending for the county executive's office, the county attorney and the Office of Budget, Management and Finance at 2:30.

At 9:45 a.m. Friday, lawmakers will examine 2008 spending for the Deparment of Environment and Planning; at 10:30, they will hear about the Department of Social Services; and at 12:15 p.m., Central Police Services.

Lawmakers meet on the fourth floor of Old County Hall.

A public hearing on the budget will be at 5 p.m. Nov. 20.


>Veterans groups to place flags at Doughboy Monument

Sixteen veterans groups will join in placing flags on wreaths during Veterans Day ceremonies at 11 a.m. Sunday at the Doughboy Monument in front of the Connecticut Street Armory, 184 Connecticut St. The observance is sponsored by the 74th/174th Infantry, New York National Guard Veterans Association.

Master of ceremonies is retired Brigadier Gen. Daniel B. Tauriello. Guest speaker is Claude P. Imagna, president of the Enlisted Association of the New York National Guard. In case of inclement weather, the ceremony will be held indoors.


>Denim and Diamonds raises nearly $180,000

Volunteers for the Roswell Park Cancer Institute raised nearly $180,000 during the Denim and Diamonds affair that was held in the Mary Seaton Room of Kleinhans Music Hall on Friday.
The event, sponsored by the Roswell Park Alliance Community Advisory Board and HSBC, featured cocktails, food, dancing, music and a silent auction. There also were grand prize drawings for a diamond necklace and a sound system. Money raised at the event will go for cancer research and patient care at Roswell Park.


>Seminar to discuss care of aging loved ones

The Office of Planned Giving at the University at Buffalo will hold a free seminar, "Your Guide to Caring for Aging Loved Ones in the Years Ahead," at 9:30 a.m. Nov. 15 in the Center for Tomorrow on the UB North Campus in Amherst.

Laurie Menzies, a partner with Pfalzgraf Beinhauer & Menzies and a 1996 graduate of UB Law School, will discuss such topics as long-term care issues, Medicare and Medicaid, and how to select an executor and trustee.

The seminar is being held in conjunction with UB's School of Public Health and Health Professions, School of Nursing, Graduate School of Education and School of Social Work. Preregistration is required. Make a reservation by calling 829-2632, Ext. 280, or e-mailing

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