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Dyngus Day celebration is just a week away

The annual Dyngus Day celebration will be held next Monday in Corpus Christi Church, with funds benefiting its operations.

It will begin with Mass at 11:30 a.m., followed by a preparade party from 12:30 to 5 p.m. in the parish athletic center, 165 Sears St. There will be free admission, along with music by DJ Red White and entertainment by Harmony Polish Dancers.

The Dyngus Day Party will also be held in the athletic center from 6 p.m. to 1 a.m. Admission requires the purchase of Dyngus Day bracelets.

A cash bar and traditional Polish food will be available throughout the day and evening.

For more information, call Norm at 681-6976 or go to www.corpuschristibuffalo.org.

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Senior at Nardin named Distinguished Young Woman

A senior at Nardin Academy has won the title of Distinguished Young Woman of New York, formerly New York Junior Miss.

Gabrielle Jehle, who danced ballet for her talent exhibition, was chosen from among 12 high school seniors from across the state in final competition Saturday evening in Maryvale High School auditorium in Cheektowaga. She will go on to represent New York in the national competition June 30 in Mobile, Ala.

First runner-up was Jessica Fortney from Chautauqua Lake Central High School in Mayville.

Other Western New York award winners included Nicole Kepfer of West Seneca East High School, Kaelyn Gamel of Hamburg High School and Elizabeth Weaver of Le Roy Central High School. Winners received scholarship awards and other prizes. They were judged on scholastics, self-expression, fitness and an interview, as well as talent.

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8 automated defibrillators donated by Univera

Eight automated external defibrillator units have been donated to the Erie County Sheriff's Office by Univera Healthcare.

The Philips HeartStart Defibrillators retail for about $2,500 apiece. The fully automated units operate with voice commands to coach a user through the proper administration of CPR, and if the unit's chest pads sense a pulse in a victim the machine does not allow an electrical charge to be administered.

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Human trafficking in WNY will be topic April 11

The subject of human trafficking in Western New York will be discussed at 6 p.m. April 11 in Buffalo & Erie County Historical Society Museum, 25 Nottingham Court.

Speaking on a panel will be Kerry Q. Battenfeld, educator and advocate with International Institute of Buffalo; Patricia A. Calleri, special agent with Department of Homeland Security; and Emma L. Buckthal, immigration attorney with Erie County Bar Association and Volunteer Lawyers Project.

The event is free for members and to nonmembers with the price of museum admission. Call 873-9644, Ext. 311, or go to www.buffalohistory.org.