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> BUFFALO

Maintenance work to begin on Scajaquada Expressway

Bridge maintenance construction is set to begin on the Scajaquada Expressway near Elmwood avenue next week, the state Department of Transportation announced.

The construction will result in the closure of the westbound exit ramp to the northbound side of Elmwood Avenue starting Tuesday at 9 a.m. for about the next three weeks.

A detour will be posted. Officials cautioned that the construction could take longer, depending on the weather.

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> EAST AURORA

Fundraiser kickoff set for scenic overlook project

The Mill Road Scenic Overlook project in East Aurora is getting a fundraising kickoff June 9 by the Friends of Mill Road, which is hosting a spring gala event at the Roycroft Powerhouse.

The citizens group, which has launched a $630,000 capital campaign to raise money for the effort, intends to preserve 60 acres of open space that frame the landscape along Mill Road.

The June 9 event includes light dinner fare, a cash bar and jazz guitar music, as well as a silent auction. The gala will be held from 7 to 10:30 p.m. at the powerhouse, 39 S. Grove St.

Tickets are $30 per person and can be purchased online at www.brownpapertickets.com, at the Roycroft Inn or from committee members.

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> COMMUNITY

Drive, walk -- or fly in -- for Civil Air Patrol benefit

The Western New York Group of the Civil Air Patrol has come up with a novel idea for its fundraising Memorial Day pancake breakfast on Monday at the Akron Airport. You can fly in for all-you-can-eat pancakes, plus eggs, sausage and juice, coffee or milk.

Those who don't fly can drive in or walk in from 7:30 a.m. to noon, enjoy breakfast, look at the many planes on display and bring their chairs for a relaxing view of flying activity to kick off the summer season. Breakfast is $6.50 for adults, $3 for children ages 6 to 12, and free for those age 5 and younger.

Capt. Nancy Haas of Niagara Falls said the patrol, an Air Force auxiliary, performs 90 percent of continental U.S. inland search and rescue missions and is credited with saving an average of 80 lives a year. Its volunteers also perform homeland security, disaster relief and counter-drug missions at the request of federal, state and local agencies.

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> HEALTH

License plate sales to aid UB neurological institute

State motorists who purchase custom license plates bearing the National Multiple Sclerosis Society logo will also boost efforts to conduct research into pediatric multiple sclerosis at the University at Buffalo and Women & Children's Hospital.

UB has announced that its Jacobs Neurological Institute is receiving $10,000 from the sale of the license plates, which have been available since 2004. The customized plates are the result of efforts by the National Multiple Sclerosis Society Upstate New York chapter to create awareness of the disease and raise money to support research into a cure.