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Stormin' the Streets focuses on early detection

A new educational program will take cancer information to the streets during the next few days in conjunction with National Minority Cancer Awareness Week.

Sponsored by the Office of Cancer Health Disparities Research at Roswell Park Cancer Institute, the Stormin' the Streets program will provide information about early cancer detection and healthy habits, do screenings and risk assessment and ask survey questions in exchange for gift bags.

Stormin' the Streets will begin from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday as part of the World Health Day: Your Health Counts event in the 18th Street Community Center, 1667 Linwood Ave., Niagara Falls.

Additional programs will be held in Buffalo from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Monday at Niagara and Maryland streets; from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Tuesday at Jefferson Avenue and East Ferry Street; from 12:30 to 2 p.m. at the Now U Know Rally at Gateway-Longview Family Resource Center, 347 E. Ferry St.; and from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thursday at East Delavan Avenue and Grider Street.

It concludes from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. next Friday in Lackawanna at South Park Avenue and Ridge Road. More programs will be held in Dunkirk and Jamestown next month.

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Whalen reconsiders, won't seek Council seat

Former Erie County Legislator Timothy Whalen announced Thursday evening that he is withdrawing his name from consideration for the vacant South District Common Council seat.

Whalen said, "I have been doing my due diligence and meeting with stakeholders, as well as current members of the Common Council, and I came to realize that the commitment of time and energies to this position and to this election endeavor might be way more than I had anticipated."

Ten others have submitted resumes for consideration by the Council, which will conduct public interviews at 9:30 a.m. Monday in Council Chambers for the seat vacated by Michael P. Kearns, who won a special election for the 145th Assembly District seat March 20. Whoever is selected will serve through this year and would be expected to run for a two-year term in November.

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Heritage corridor plan available for comment

NIAGARA FALLS -- A draft of the Niagara Falls National Heritage Area Management Plan and environmental assessment is available for public comment until May 1.

The plan, which aims to guide the establishment of a national heritage corridor along the Niagara River, can be accessed in the reference sections of the Niagara Falls Public Library, the Lewiston Public Library and the Youngstown Free Library or under the park planning section of www.nps.gov/nifa.

The plan was drafted by the Niagara Falls National Heritage Area Commission, a 17-member panel formed in 2008 to help connect Niagara Falls State Park and other interpretive attractions along the Niagara River Gorge.

Written comments should be sent to Tom Chambers, commission chairman, at Niagara Falls National Heritage Area, Timon Hall 119, P.O. Box 1932, Niagara University, Lewiston NY 14109.