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Hazardous household waste to be collected at ECC North

Erie County residents can dispose of hazardous household waste from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at the Erie Community College North Campus, Amherst.

The event is organized by the county and the Town of Amherst. Items that will be accepted include:

*Up to two gallons or 20 pounds of pesticides, fertilizers, pool and household chemicals and cleaners.

*Up to 10 gallons of oil-based paints and spray cans.

*Up to two gallons of paint thinner, stripper and solvents.

*Lead, acid and rechargeable batteries.

*Up to 10 gallons of oil, gasoline, kerosene and antifreeze.

*Mercury in thermometers, thermostats and metal.

*Full or empty propane tanks and cylinders.

The following items will not be accepted: latex paint, tires, computers, electronics, pharmaceutical products and commercial or industrial waste.

For more information, visit or call 858-6800.


Headway of WNY plans annual fundraiser Thursday

Headway of Western New York, an affiliate of People Inc. that assists people with brain injuries and other disabilities, will hold its annual fundraiser, "Healing, Growing, Celebrating Life," from 5:30 to 9 p.m. Thursday in Windows on the Green at Westwood Country Club, 772 N. Forest Road, Amherst.

Tickets are $40 and include food and two hours of free beer, wine and soft drinks, plus a chance to win door prizes. For tickets, and information, call 408-3100.


Grants given to local groups for War of 1812 activities

NIAGARA FALLS -- The Niagara Falls National Heritage Area has announced $32,335 in grants to local organizations planning activities for the 200th anniversary of the War of 1812.

Recipients included the Historic Association of Lewiston, for its Battle of Queenston Heights commemoration and re-enactment; the Lewiston Council of the Arts for "Marble Orchard: Spirits of 1812"; the Old Fort Niagara Association for "Blue Coats along the Niagara"; and the Niagara 1812 Legacy Council for its website.


World's Largest Luau will benefit cancer patients

The World's Largest Luau is coming to Holiday Valley on Saturday as a fundraiser to help people battling cancer.

The tropical-themed event will occur from 3 to 8 p.m. at Holiday Valley in Ellicottville to support "Gotta Kiss Cancer Goodbye," a not-for-profit organization that assists cancer patients and survivors with better quality of life.

Tickets are on sale now for $30 per person and can be purchased at or 984-1128.

Live Luau entertainment will be playing throughout the event, along with a silent auction and door prizes. A beachball volleyball tournament will also run throughout the day.