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Seneca Gaming to announce skyline-changing endeavor

The Seneca Gaming Corp. on Monday will announce a major construction project for the Seneca Niagara Casino & Hotel that promises to change the Niagara Falls skyline.

At 26 stories and 357 feet tall, the casino hotel already is the tallest hotel structure in New York State, outside of New York City, according to Tony Astran, a spokesman for the Seneca Gaming Corp.

Astran on Thursday declined to reveal what changes are planned.

Monday's planned announcement will come on the heels of news that construction is nearing completion on the new hotel tower at Seneca Allegany Casino in Salamanca, which is a ahead of schedule and slated to open in the fall.

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Health Department to offer free rabies vaccinations

The Niagara County Health Department will offer a rabies vaccination clinic from 2 to 4 p.m. Saturday at the Hyde Park Oasis/Centennial Pavilion at 911 Robbins Drive.

Staff from the Niagara Falls City Clerk's Office will issue or renew dog licenses during the clinic, and all rabies vaccinations will be free.

Proof of rabies vaccination and spaying/neutering must be presented to obtain a dog license. Fees range from $17.50 to $22.50, and a $5 discount is given to city residents age 65 or older.

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Muslim group to recognize Kmiec for his leadership

Bishop Edward U. Kmiec of the Catholic Diocese of Buffalo will receive a community service award from the Muslim Public Affairs Council of Western New York at the organization's eighth annual banquet on Saturday.

Kmiec, who recently retired as 13th bishop of Buffalo, was being recognized for his more than seven years of leadership of Western New York's single largest religious group.

Dr. Khalid J. Qazi, president of the council, described Kmiec as a "true visionary leader in Western New York" who has been "open to diversity" in the community.

Qazi also credited Kmiec with making very tough decisions in his role as bishop.

The banquet, which begins at 6 p.m. in Adams Mark Hotel, will feature guest speaker Wajahat Ali, author, attorney and playwright.

Ali wrote, "The Domestic Crusaders," one of the first major plays about modern-day American Muslims. It was published in 2011.

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Neonatal ICU is approved for Millard Suburban

The state Public Health and Planning Council on Thursday approved a 10-bed neonatal intensive care unit for Millard Fillmore Suburban Hospital.

With state approval, planning for construction and operations will begin immediately, hospital officials said.

In February, the hospital -- in partnership with Women & Children's Hospital -- announced plans for the neonatal intensive care unit, which specializes in the care of ill or premature newborn infants.

Both facilities are part of the Kaleida Health hospital system.