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Children's Hospital has been awarded a $140,000 grant by the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation of America to conduct a national research project.

The hospital will serve as the national coordinating center for testing at 50 cystic fibrosis centers across the country. The study will evaluate a new method of detecting pancreatic functioning in cystic fibrosis patients.

Researchers suspect that as many as 15 percent of cystic fibrosis patients may be misdiagnosed as having insufficient pancreatic functioning. Taking part will be Dr. Drucy Borowitz, director of the hospital's cystic fibrosis center, and Drs. Susan Baker and Robert Baker of the gastroenterology department.

Young violators offered library amnesty

Buffalo & Erie County Public Library is giving youngsters up to age 12 a "second chance" at clearing their library cards of fines for lost or damaged items.

Charges of up to $50 may be forgiven during the library's Second Chance Program, which will begin Monday, said Kathryn E. Vedder, executive director of the Library Foundation.

"It is back-to-school time, and through the Second Chance Program we hope to allow all students in Erie County to have the most important school supply of all in their backpacks -- a library card," Vedder said.

The program will run until Oct. 31 or until the available funds are exhausted. Program applications are available at any branch in the library system. Support is being provided by the Baird Foundation and the Dorothy J. Gogel Bequest.

Grain elevator survey to be conducted

A survey of Erie County's 25 to 30 grain elevators will be conducted by the Landmark Society of the Niagara Frontier under a $12,300 grant from the Preservation League of New York State.

Built in the late 19th and early 20th centuries on Buffalo's outer and inner harbors and along inland railroad routes, the structures reflect "significant national changes in construction technology, transportation systems, grain processing and product manufacturing between the 1890s and the 1950s," said league President Scott Heyl.

A.E. Baxter Engineering Co. of Buffalo "made national contributions to the design of grain elevators and produced prototypes in Buffalo," Heyl said. The survey will be funded by the Preserve New York Grant Program, a partnership between the Preservation League and the New York State Council on the Arts, and conducted by Francis Kowsky, professor of art history at Buffalo State College. The work could help add certain elevators to the National Register of Historic Places.

The Preservation League also awarded $6,300 to the City of Niagara Falls for a historic structure report on the former Niagara Falls High School and $4,700 to the Lockport Architectural Preservation Committee to support nomination of the city's 19th century stone houses to the National Register of Historic Places.

County honors high school, 2 hospitals

Alden High School, Buffalo General Hospital and St. Joseph Hospital received Pollution Prevention Awards this week from Commissioner Laurence K. Rubin of the Erie County Department of Environment and Planning.

Alden High was honored for its recycling and composting programs.

Buffalo General has worked to decrease instrumentation that contains mercury and also is in the process of a waste-segregation program that limits incineration to essential infectious waste only, reducing dioxin emissions.

St. Joseph Hospital has eliminated 34 pounds of mercury by replacing thermometers and mercury-based blood pressure gauges.

5K race Thursday to help Variety Club

The 5K for Variety's Kids road race will be held at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, starting at Mulligan's Brick Bar, 229 Allen St. Registration begins at 5:30. The race is sanctioned by U.S. Track and Field. The fee is $13 in advance or $15 the day of the race. Checks should be made payable to the Variety Club Women.

Entries may be delivered to the Variety Club, 195 Delaware Ave. Proceeds from the race will benefit the 2002 Variety Club Telethon.

Community mural planned for Fallfest

A community work of art -- a 4-by-21-foot mural -- will be created by visitors to the second annual Olmsted Fallfest from noon to 5 p.m. Sunday in South Park.

Local writers and artists will be on hand to provide guidance and inspiration in making "Parks Are . . . a Community Work of Art." Participation is free.

Nature artist Bob McNamara is designing a background for the mural, which is a collaboration among the Buffalo Olmsted Parks Conservancy, Albright-Knox Art Gallery and Just Buffalo Literary Center. When it is finished, it will be displayed at community events throughout the area.

Organ donors, recipients to be honored

Local organ recipients and donor families will be honored by Upstate New York Transplant Services with a dinner at 7 p.m. Thursday in Adam's Mark Hotel.

Among honorees will be Christopher Toulmin of Orchard Park, a kidney recipient and volunteer who has worked to spread the word about organ and tissue donation, and Mike Smith, Wyoming County coroner, who has promoted organ donations.

Christian singers perform Friday

Christian singers George Miller and Sharon Crate and Celtic harpist Susan Sulta will perform beginning at 7:30 p.m. Friday in Harvest House, 1782 Seneca St. Admission is free. Call 825-0929 for information.

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