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Police bloodhound group to hold training seminar

ALLEGANY STATE PARK -- The National Police Bloodhound Association is holding a six-day training seminar at Camp Allegany-Red House area in the park, near Salamanca, starting Saturday and ending Thursday.

Members of the public are invited to the media day from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Wednesday. No pets are allowed, and children must be accompanied by an adult.

For more information, see the association's website at or call the Sheriff's Office at 938-2572.


Alumni Hall of Fame at GCC adds three

BATAVIA -- A co-founder of the college's foundation, an orthopedic nurse and a hospital executive were addded Wednesday to Genesee Community College's Alumni Hall of Fame.

John DeWitt, of Williamsville, Class of 1969, was among the first graduates and headed the first Student Government Association. He was part of the team that started the GCF Foundation that funds student scholarships and served as an interim development director.

Cynthia Howe, of Grantham, N.H., was a 1984 graduate who began her career as an orthopedic nurse in Rochester and rose to serve as president of the National Association of Orthopedic Nurses. She now is nurse manager for a clinic at Dartmouth Medical Center in New Hampshire.

Daniel Ireland, a Byron resident and 1992 graduate, rose from being an orderly at United Memorial Medical Center in Batavia to vice president of operations. He oversaw the hospital's expansion with an outpatient center and apartment complex on Bank Street and a new surgical wing at the Horth Street site.

The honors go to alumni who have distinguished themselves in business and personal achievement and service to the community.


Labor Council will hold Workers Memorial Day

LEWISTON -- The Niagara-Orleans Labor Council, AFL-CIO, will hold its 21st annual Workers Memorial Day observance at 9 a.m. Saturday at the workers monument in Reservoir State Park, off Military Road.

After a continental breakfast under a tent, the monument for workers who died on the job will be blessed, and a one-hour program of speakers will begin at 10 a.m., said William Jakobi, the labor group's community services liaison.

The program, open to the public, will include an honor guard salute, bagpipes playing "Amazing Grace" and a flag-raising, followed by a bugler playing taps.


Grassroots Gardens given $24,000 capacity grant

Grassroots Gardens of Buffalo, which creates and supports community gardens on more than 120 vacant lots in Buffalo, has received a $24,000 capacity grant from the state Department of Environmental Conservation and the Land Trust Alliance.

The money will help Grassroots Gardens implement the strategic plan to guide it through future urban land conservation efforts in Buffalo.