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Richardson Complex to offer summer tours

Tours of the Richardson Olmsted Complex will be available this summer, following well-attended tours during the October 2011 National Preservation Conference that saw nearly 2,000 people visit over a 10-day period.

An open house will be held from 6 to 9 p.m. July 26. Tickets are $20, $15 before July 24. Also on tap are:

*Basic tours on May 12, June 9, July 14, Aug. 11 and Sept. 8. Tickets are $15.

*South Lawn Landscape Tour on July 14. Tickets are $35.

*In-Depth Tour on May 12 and Aug. 11. Tickets are $30.

*Stabilization and Construction Tour on June 9 and Sept. 8. Tickets are $30.

*Museums by Moonlight and More on Sept. 27. Tickets are $35, $25 before Sept. 24.

For further information, go to www.richardson-olmsted.com/visit.php.

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Schroeder seeks extension of long-range planning rule

A proposal was introduced Thursday to extend a requirement to do long-range financial planning in the City of Buffalo and the Buffalo Public Schools, a standard that would disappear if the state-appointed financial control board shifts from "hard" to "soft" status.

City Comptroller Mark J.F. Schroeder said his proposal, which anticipates a shift to advisory status by the Buffalo Fiscal Stability Authority, calls for four-year financial plans to continue to be developed. His proposal also would codify a city policy for how its "rainy day fund" could be spent.

The control board is considering a shift from the current "control period" to advisory status.

The Common Council and the Buffalo Board of Education would each have to approve Schroeder's proposal in order to extend the requirement for four-year financial plans in the city and the school district, respectively.

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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.

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Program set Saturday on community health

State Sen. Timothy M. Kennedy, D-Buffalo, is teaming up with local health care providers to hold an event to provide Lackawanna residents an opportunity to discuss ways to improve community health from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday in the OLV Senior Neighborhood, 55 Melroy Ave., Lackawanna.

The program is being given in partnership with the Health Equity Coalition of the P2 Collaborative of Western New York, Catholic Health, the Lackawanna Ministerial Alliance, the state AFL-CIO and the Citizens of Lackawanna's Future. Because space is limited, those who would like to attend are asked to RSVP by calling 447-6205.