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HELPING ERIE COUNTY BLOSSOM NEXT SPRING

The 75,000 bulbs that bloomed across Erie County this spring will be surpassed next year, thanks to the Erie County Legislature's purchase of 175,000 daffodils and 50,000 crocuses to be planted around the county this fall.

"We hope that together, we can reshape the appearance, attitude and future of Western New York," said Legislator Judith P. Fisher, D-Buffalo, who is spearheading the Keep Western New York Beautiful project.

The Legislature is spending $35,000 on the bulbs, and Fleet Bank is also a major sponsor of the project with a contribution of $5,000. The Women's Pavilion Pan Am 2001 is helping coordinate distribution of the bulbs.

Mayor Anthony M. Masiello's office is also helping organize the project, in which local citizens groups are invited to participate.

"The City of Buffalo has benefited from past Keep Western New York Beautiful campaigns, both physically and aesthetically," said Masiello. "This new public-private partnership will strengthen the continuing good work of the dedicated volunteers who have made our local effort one of the most successful urban beautification efforts in the country."

Citizens groups are welcome to ask for bulbs if they wish to organize a planting event, by calling 851-5550 or the office of their Erie County legislator. Fisher's office number is 858-8805.

Homecoming for Emmy-winning UB grad

Screenwriter Alan Zweibel will address "From Buffalo to Hollywood" at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday in the University at Buffalo's Center for the Arts Screening Room, presented by UB's department of media study.

Zweibel, a University at Buffalo graduate and an Emmy-winning comedy writer, was given the UB alumni award for "outstanding achievement for a graduate younger than 40."

While writing for "Saturday Night Live," Zweibel became close friends with actress Gilda Radner. After Radner's death from ovarian cancer, Zweibel wrote a tribute off-Broadway play called "Bunny, Bunny" and a best-selling memoir of the same name that benefited other cancer patients and will become a movie for Warner Bros.

He was one of the first honorary board members of Gilda's Club World-Wide. At 7:30 p.m. next Thursday, Zweibel will also give a benefit performance, "Remembering Gilda," which deals with his friendship with Radner, for Gilda's Club Western New York. The presentation will be held again in UB's Screening Room.

Before his performance, the screenwriter will also attend the Gilda's Club Western New York benefit luncheon at noon that day in Adam's Mark Hotel. For information, call 632-3242.

'Crystal Beach Day' at carousel museum

Sugar waffles, loganberry drink and even a few cinnamon suckers will be offered Saturday from noon to 5 p.m. as the Herschell Carrousel Factory Museum, 180 Thompson St., North Tonawanda, celebrates the glory days of the former Crystal Beach, Ont., amusement park.

Breast cancer walk is Sunday at UB

Hundreds of individual walkers and dozens of corporate teams are expected to take part in the annual Making Strides Against Breast Cancer walk Sunday on the University at Buffalo North Campus.

Registration for the 5-kilometer walk begins at 8:45 a.m., and the walk starts at 10. Proceeds support breast cancer research and support services for cancer patients and their families. For information, call (800) 743-6724.

Sajda appointed principal of St. Francis

A new principal will join St. Francis High School in Athol Springs next year.

The Rev. Michael Sajda is currently president of John Carroll High in Fort Pierce, Fla., which is administered by the Franciscan Friars of St. Anthony of Padua Province.

"With the decline in our numbers in the province, we will give up the administration of John Carroll High School at the end of this school year. At that time, Father Michael will assume the duties of principal at St. Francis High School," said the Rev. Joseph Benicewicz, president/principal of St. Francis.

Sajda is a native of Western New York.

Toy museum offering world history exhibit

The Toy Town Museum in East Aurora is offering a fall educational series focusing on world history.

Open to children of all ages, this program reveals the struggles of a growing country through various toy-related exhibits. Family history, world conflicts, the Industrial Revolution and other history-altering events are covered in a variety of exhibits, including "Toys Through the 20th Century," the Fisher-Price Toys collection, "Living Through History" and "Veterans and Their Families."

Classes are treated to a video in the museum theater detailing toy history and the toymaking process, followed by a tour of the museum and a trip to Toy Works, where students will work on a hands-on project to take home.

Educational programs are sent to teachers weeks before the scheduled trip to heighten the experience and ensure that classes get the most from their visit. Class sizes must be at least 20 students, with a maximum of 40 per session. Sessions run from 9:30 to 11 a.m.

Program focuses on preventing car theft

The Cheektowaga Police Department will offer the final installment of its state-funded program to discourage car thieves from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday in the Forks Fire Substation on South Creek Road.

The "Watch Your Car" program, which is free, includes a window sticker, which signals police to stop the vehicle if they see it on the road between 1 and 5 a.m. It also etches the vehicle identification numbers onto one of the vehicle windows.

To take part, owners must show valid driver's licenses and registration and insurance cards. For information, call 897-7293.

Adoption agency to hold seminar Saturday

New Life Adoption Agency of Syracuse, a not-for-profit association specializing in domestic and Chinese adoptions, will conduct a seminar for prospective adoptive families from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Saturday in Harlem Road Community Center, 4255 Harlem Road, Amherst.

The seminar is free and open to the public, but advance registration is required. To register, call (315) 422-7300.

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