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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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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.

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Schools to get $16.9 million from casino profits

BATAVIA -- The Batavia Downs Casino generated $16.9 million for education during the fiscal year than ended March 31, according to data released by the state's Division of Lottery.

As part of the gambling license held by Western Regional Off-Track Betting, which owns and operates the harness race track, 51 percent of casino profits go to fund education. The nearly $17 million is about what two of Genesee County's rural school districts will receive this year in state aid.

"We're proud to have contributed so much to New York State's educational efforts," said Michael D. Kane, Downs president.

According to Lottery officials, the net from the Downs video lottery terminals and off-track betting is equivalent to the annual salaries of 245 teachers. Since installing VLTs in 2005, the casino has generated $115 million for education.