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Lackawanna City Council members want to join with neighborhood residents and officials of Community Services for the Developmentally Disabled to explore the agency's plan to use a six-apartment building at 260 Victory Ave. to house six adults who are developmentally disabled.

This week, Council voted unanimously to file an objection to the plan, but City Attorney Patricia Deren warned that it has little chance of success.

"I don't necessarily think you are going to prevail," Deren said.

Mark R. Foley, agency president, notified the mayor in a letter dated Aug. 16 that the facility will occupy the existing apartment building. The notice was presented to the Council on Monday, and Deren said the Council can offer alternative sites or object on the basis of impact on the surrounding community or oversaturation of residential facilities.

Foley's letter advised Mayor John J. Kuryak that an alternative site would have to be comparable to the Victory Avenue building.

"Community Services for the Developmentally Disabled is anxious to work closely with you and your constituents in the spirit of the law to allow individuals with mental retardation or other developmental disabilities to live in a normal setting," Foley said.

Council members have the asked state legislators to provide compensation for taxes lost when a tax-producing property is taken over by a nonprofit. Deren said the request is before legislature committees.

Free health and wellness fair planned

Willow Creek Holistic Health Center will be host to a free health and wellness fair from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday at 2437 Berg Road, West Seneca.

Wellness lectures are scheduled throughout the day and will include presentations on women's health issues, neuro-emotional techniques and maintaining health the natural way. Additional topics include nutrition, energy healing, water filtration systems and more.

The event will feature a wide range of natural health practitioners and vendors offering services such as chiropractic spinal assessments, massage, reiki, reflexology, iridology, craniosacral therapy, crystal therapy and more.


Writer to hold church training session

Mary Meehan, a freelance writer who has written widely on issues of life and death, will conduct a training day for parish respect life leaders and workers Saturday in the Catholic Center, 795 Main St.

The program, which will run from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., will be preceded by a Mass celebrated by Bishop Henry J. Mansell at 9 a.m. in St. Louis Catholic Church, at Main and Edward Streets, directly across from the Catholic Center. The event will be sponsored by the Diocesan Office of Pro-Life Activities.

Meehan has covered abortion and euthanasia closely as both a reporter and commentator. Her articles have appeared in such magazines as America and Commonweal, and she has published op-ed pieces in major newspapers.

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