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The human service agency People Inc. will hold open interviews Oct. 1-2 to help fill more than 50 job openings at Buffalo area group homes and other facilities.

The not-for-profit agency will hold interviews at its Elmwood Day Treatment Center, 2128 Elmwood Ave., at 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Friday and 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday.

Positions are open at People Inc. sites in Amherst, Buffalo, Cheektowaga, Lancaster and other locations, the agency said. For more information contact Carrie Jazwiecki at 882-6791, Ext. 205, or call 1-888-773-6753.

Merchants Group to buy more shares of its stock

Merchants Group Inc. still thinks its stock is a good buy.

The Buffalo-based insurance company said Tuesday that it has permission to buy back another 100,000 shares of its common stock, which would reduce the number of shares outstanding by 3.5 percent.

The buyback would extend Merchants ongoing repurchase program, which has seen the company acquire 611,000 shares of its own stock since 1996.

Exclusively Handmade holds grand opening

Exclusively Handmade, a new gift shop and home decor store in Snyder, recently held its official grand opening.

Located at 4560 Main St., the 1,700-square-foot store offers a variety of handmade items that are produced by more than 60 local artisans and craftspeople. The three rooms in the shop are filled with handmade quilts and pillows ceramic animals, pewter figurines, pottery, handcrafted cards and other items. Customers are invited to host private parties and earn free merchandise.

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