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NEWLY REPAINTED F-45 UNVEILED AT PARK

A newly painted F-45 Fury Jet was unveiled Saturday in Buffalo & Erie County Naval and Military Park.

The restoration was undertaken by members of United Auto Workers Veterans Committee, who had noticed the faded paint on the jet during a tour of the park two years ago. The jet is a replica of those used in the Korean War.

Twenty-three members of the committee donated their time and skills to the two-day restoration project, and many businesses provided free materials for the project.

Two held in crashing of stolen pickup

Two men have been accused of driving a stolen pickup truck off a hill, Erie County sheriff's deputies reported Saturday.

George H. Anderson Jr., 19, of Springville, and Richard J. Zuppelli, 22, of Hamburg, were each charged with multiple counts of possession of stolen property and unauthorized use of a motor vehicle. Deputies said Anderson also had credit cards and other identification that had been taken from the stolen pickup.

A witness reported seeing two men jump out of the pickup as it rolled off a roadway and down a hill in the Cattaraugus County Town of Yorkshire on Friday, deputies said. The witness reported the men fled in a second vehicle.

The pickup had been stolen in Springville, deputies said. The men remain in custody in the County Holding Center.

Carrousel Museum event postponed

NORTH TONAWANDA -- Crystal Beach Days, an event originally scheduled for today at the Herschell Carrousel Factory Museum, has been postponed because of the tragic events of Sept. 11.

The museum couldn't obtain supplies of Crystal Beach suckers, and several exhibitors were reluctant to bring merchandise or exhibits across the border. There are plans to reschedule the event, but no date has been set at this time.

The Herschell Carrousel Factory Museum at 180 Thompson St. will be open today for regular business.

For information about the museum, call 693-1885 or visit www.carrouselmuseum.org.

Forum planned on long-term care

A two-day forum on preparing for long-term care will be conducted at the Adam's Mark Hotel in Buffalo on Oct. 1 and 2 by Coordinated Care Management Corp.

Billed as a strategic planning and action forum, it will bring together care providers, payers and consumer representatives to examine the system and search for improvements in long-term care in New York State.

Wednesday is the deadline for registering. Call Susan Watkins at 858-2313 or fill out a registration form at www.coordinatedcare.org/forum.htm.

People Inc. begins fund-raising effort

The People Inc. Foundation has begun a two-month corporate campaign to raise $90,000 to support its various programs for people with special needs, senior citizens and their families.

The campaign will focus on the NYS-CARES initiative, a five-year, state-funded program to develop new group homes for developmentally disabled people. Chairman of the campaign is Robert O'Leary of Parkview Health Services.

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