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Capt. Kevin Caffery, a pilot with the Erie County Sheriff's Department, and Sgt. Jeffrey Miller, a member of the Niagara County Sheriff's Department, have been awarded the Carnegie Bronze Medal for Heroism, officials with the Carnegie Hero Fund Commission announced today.

Caffery was selected for his actions in maneuvering the Erie County sheriff's helicopter over the swift-moving Niagara River just above the Horseshoe Falls at dusk on Aug. 25, 1999, in order to rescue a suicidal woman wedged among rocks.

As Caffery's craft hovered, Miller entered the chest deep water to free the woman. Both Caffery and Miller will receive medals and checks for $3,500, according to commission officials.

St. John Baptist to get $921,000

Rep. Jack Quinn, R-Hamburg, will present a $921,000 check at 10 a.m. Saturday to St. John Baptist Church, 184 Goodell St., to build a family life center.

Quinn called the project "a prime example of how faith-based organizations can provide an array of social services to the community."

The family life center will be part of a 28-acre campus in downtown Buffalo and will provide a variety of services in cooperation with several local health-related institutions.

Parkside group plans Sunday brunch

The Parkside Community Association will sponsor a brunch Sunday in the Children's Resource Center at Buffalo Zoo.

There will be two seatings, one at 10 a.m. and one at noon. The menu will include French toast, scrambled eggs, sausage, bacon, home fries and beverages.

Music and family entertainment will be provided, and goodie baskets will be raffled.

Tickets cost $9 for children and $12 for adults and are available at the door Sunday. Discount tickets are available in advance at the Parkside Community Association, 2318 Main St.

Hoyt meeting to focus on Pataki budget

Assemblyman Sam Hoyt, D-Buffalo, will focus on Gov. George E. Pataki's budget proposal during his annual town meeting March 10 at Buffalo State College.

The public forum will be in the Buckham Campus School from 10 a.m. to noon. Hoyt will ask constituents for their budget priorities.

Lackawanna schools need bus letters

April 1 is the deadline in Lackawanna for parents to request in writing that their children be transported to nonpublic schools next fall.

The Lackawanna City School District will accept a letter containing the child's name, address, school and grade, signed by a parent. Requests should be mailed to: Superintendent Monica Kole, c/o Transportation Department, 146 Franklin St., Lackawanna, N.Y. 14218. For information, call Patricia McQuillen, 827-6761.

Students restoring creek will meet

About 100 students from five area schools who are participating in the Cazenovia Creek Habitat Restoration and Stewardship Project will meet Wednesday in Winchester Elementary School in West Seneca for a lab day.

They will share their water-testing results and take part in demonstrations and activities related to the project. A key component of the day will come when the pupils receive information from Ellen Ilardo of Erie County Soil and Water Conservation on stream bank plantings. Students will be involved in plantings this spring.

Other speakers include Jill Spisiak, an environmental education specialist with the Erie County Department of Environment and Planning, and Helen Domske of the New York Sea Grant program.

Students from Main Street Elementary in East Aurora, Winchester Elementary and Potter Road Elementary in West Seneca, Holland High School and the Gow School are taking part in the restoration project.

Man hurt in fall from house roof

LOCKPORT -- A Williamsville man fell about 20 feet to the ground from the roof of a new house at 6480 Edgewood Drive, said Niagara County Sheriff's Deputy Maurice Britt.

Raymond Guarnieri, 50, of Boncrest Drive was admitted to Erie County Medical Center, Buffalo, where he was being treated for internal injuries and minor head head injuries, a hospital official said. No information on his condition was available.

The accident occurred shortly before 2 p.m., Britt said. Guarnieri was taken to Wrights Corners Fire Hall, then flown to the medical center by Mercy Flight, Britt said.

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