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Novelist and screenwriter Richard Price has canceled a scheduled appearance at the University at Buffalo today because his mother is undergoing surgery.

Price was to read from his works at 4 p.m. in the Screening Room at the UB Center for the Performing Arts on the North Campus. The free event was sponsored by UB's English Department.

There was no information available Tuesday night on rescheduling the event.

Board to reconsider adult-care facility

FREDONIA -- A State Supreme Court justice has ruled that the Zoning Board of Appeals must reconsider whether a use variance is required for construction of an adult-care facility at Howard and Water streets.

Michael Bobseine, attorney for Ronald Johnson, developer of Fredonia Place, said Tuesday that State Supreme Court Justice Joseph Gerace has decided there was no finding of fact to support the board's decision to require a use variance for the project that would designate it as a medical facility. The board did so because 24 units of the 95-unit project would house people with mild Alzheimer's disease.

Board Chairman Linda Malcolm was not available to comment Tuesday night.

Some neighbors opposed the project because of the units for the people with Alzheimer's and argued the facility would change the residential character of the neighborhood.

Chicken dinners aid child abuse fight

SALAMANCA -- Members of the Salamanca Exchange Club will deliver chicken dinners to area homes to raise money for local child abuse prevention programs.

The club is holding its annual dinner from noon to 4 p.m. Sunday in the Holy Cross Club.

Dinners are $5 and include chicken and biscuits, vegetables, coleslaw, dessert and beverage.

Advance reservations for deliveries can be made by calling Sandy Magiera at 945-2630, Marilyn Harvey at 945-3444 or Mary Oyer at 944-3533.

Regional planning board meets Feb. 16

SALAMANCA -- The Southern Tier West Regional Planning Board will meet at noon Feb. 16 in its offices on Route 219 to receive an update on negotiations with the Norfolk Southern Railroad.

The board's staff advises the Southern Tier Railroad Authority on securing an operating agreement with the railroad for the former Conrail Southern Tier line.

The board has been advised of the appointment of Patrick Regan of Wellsville to the board to replace Walter Martelle, who resigned.

Arcade awarded grant to fix Genesee

The Town of Arcade will receive a $50,000 state grant toward the rehabilitation of Genesee Road, State Sen. Dale M. Volker, R-Depew, has announced.

The project, estimated to cost $150,000, involves reducing the curves, lessening the grade, and widening and paving the road.

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