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RUN-WALK RAISED $2,500 FOR CHILDREN'S UNIT

The Buffalo Alumni Rally 5K Run and Wellness Walk raised $2,500 for the Children's Hospital Lung Center.

More than 500 people participated in the sixth annual event, sponsored by Loughran's Bar and Restaurant. The fastest man was Rich Grim, with a time of 16:14, and the fastest woman was Brandi Blumling at 18:38.

The run was held in memory of Kenneth Kaiser, who died from cystic fibrosis. His parents, Bob and Kathy, presented the $2,500 check to Dr. Drucy Borowitz, director of the Children's Hospital Cystic Fibrosis Center, at a luncheon.

New Amherst traffic signal operating

A new traffic signal in Amherst will be operational today.

The signal is in front of the Amherst Municipal Complex on John James Audubon Parkway and was installed to help with the increased traffic from the opening of the town's new senior center, said Highway Superintendent Thomas J. Wik.

Drivers may have already seen the light, which has been flashing to familiarize drivers to its location.

Red Cross offers pet first-aid classes

First-aid classes for pets will be offered by the American Red Cross Greater Buffalo Chapter at 7 p.m. Oct. 19 and Oct. 26. in Clement House, 786 Delaware Ave.

"We'll show owners how to recognize more common emergencies in their pets, including poison ingestion, urinary obstructions, bloat in dogs, seizures and organ failure like heart or kidney," according to Dr. Kevin Kuhn, a veterinarian, who will teach the classes.

To register, call 878-2387. There is a $25 fee.

Special adult day care program opening

A day care program for adults with Alzheimer's disease and dementia will open Monday in Evanstown Plaza, Amherst.

The facility, operated by the McGuire Group, will be open weekdays from 7:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Run-walk is memorial to D'Youville grad

D'Youville College will remember 1998 physical therapy graduate Charlene Danielle Page with the second annual 5K memorial run and walk in her name starting at 11:30 a.m. Saturday at the Connecticut Street Armory.

Page, of Orchard Park, died Feb. 12, 1999, when her car slid into the path of a pickup truck on a snow-covered road in Brant as she drove home from her job as a physical therapist at Tri-County Physical Therapy in Gowanda. She was 23.

Registration for Saturday's race in her memory will begin at 9:30 a.m. in front of the college's Health Science Building, 585 Prospect Ave.

Cost will be $15 for adults and $12 for students -- with proceeds going to the Charlene Danielle Page Scholarship Fund at D'Youville. An award from the fund is made annually to a fifth-year student in D'Youville's combined bachelor's and master's physical therapy program.

The race, to include an age group for children under 14, will be followed by a post-race party. There will be a drawing for a 32-inch color television set.

Kurtz to discuss latest book on Humanism

Paul Kurtz, founder of the Council for Secular Humanism, will discuss his latest book, "Embracing the Power of Humanism," at 11 a.m. Oct. 8 at the Center for Inquiry, 1310 Sweet Home Road, Amherst.

A September Selective Service reminder

September is Selective Service Registration Awareness Month, and men are reminded that they are required to register with Selective Service within 30 days of their 18th birthday.

Forms are available from post offices, and registration can be done over the Internet at http://www.sss.gov.

Junior League accepting grant applications

The Junior League of Buffalo is accepting requests through Oct. 20 from nonprofit agencies interested in applying for funding through the League's Community Assistance Small Grants program.

Applications, for grants of up to $1,000, must be submitted by Nov. 27.

The guidelines and forms packages may be obtained by calling the League's headquarters, 884-8865 or e-maul jlb@buffnet.net.

3 Town of Tonawanda businesses honored

Awards were given Monday to three Town of Tonawanda businesses to recognize their "outstanding efforts" to beautify their properties.

The Environmental Commission gave citations to:

Sung's Oriental Market, 850 Niagara Falls Blvd., for unique plantings and use of space; Dr. Hugg's Car Wash, 2520 Niagara Falls; and Benderson Development/Tops Market at the Sheridan Plaza.

Ken-Ton Crop Walk steps off Sunday

The Ken-Ton Crop Walk to raise funds for local food pantries will take place Sunday, beginning at 1:30 p.m.

The walk will begin and end at First Trinity Lutheran Church at Niagara Falls Boulevard and Glenalby Road.

Participants will proceed down Cornwall Avenue to Brighton Road, to Colvin Boulevard, to Southwood Drive, to Ivy Lea and back north along Grayton Road to Brighton to Overbrook Avenue.

Along the way, there will be rest stops at St. Amelia's Catholic Church, Church of the Nativity and Bethany United Methodist Church.

Amherst sets three meetings on sprawl

Residents who are sick of sprawl and unplanned development will have a chance to shape Amherst's future by attending one of three meetings this week.

The meetings are part of the town's effort to develop a master plan, the first townwide planning effort since the 1970s.

The goal of the meetings, which all begin at 7:30 p.m., is to get a sense of the issues and vision within the community. The meetings are:

Tuesday, Hutchinson Hose Fire Company, 5005 Sheridan Drive.

Wednesday, Williamsville North High School, 1595 Hopkins Road.

Thursday, Amherst Pepsi Center, 1615 Amherst Manor Drive.

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