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NEWS IN BRIEF

Fiberglass bison to stand near Thruway

The herd is back. Twelve life-size fiberglass bison will be put out to pasture starting Monday near Thruway Exit 53, where they will greet motorists entering the city via the Niagara Thruway.

The mini-herd will be placed by the Thruway Authority as the two-year, $62.5 million widening of the mainline Thruway between Exits 53 (the Niagara Thruway) and 54 (Aurora Expressway) nears completion. Contractors donated the painted figures, made by Prewitt Fiberglass Animals, "to promote the project's positive impact" on the city, the authority said.

The Thruway widening, which began last year and will add a fourth lane in each direction between the interchanges, has created 1,000 jobs and used "millions of dollars" of American-made steel for bridge construction, the authority said.

Crash victim was from Staten Island

A man who was killed in a two-car crash Friday night in the Town of Hamburg was identified Saturday as Leon Davis, 19, of Staten Island.

He was a passenger in a car operated by Jerome Arrington, 19, of Jamaica, N.Y. The vehicle was eastbound on Milestrip Road shortly after 7:30 p.m. near Niles Avenue when it crossed into the westbound lanes and struck a car operated by Dawn Mohr, 29, of West Seneca, Town of Hamburg police said.

Davis was pronounced dead at the scene. Arrington was listed in stable condition in Erie County Medical Center. Mohr was treated in Mercy Hospital for a wrist injury.

Arrington's vehicle, a 1995 maroon Mazda, might have been involved in a minor accident in the parking lot of the Red Lobster restaurant at the McKinley Mall just prior to the fatal accident, police said. The other vehicle was possibly blue and resembled a Chevrolet Lumina.

Firm hired for streetscape project

The Alden Village Board has awarded a $136,570 contract to G.A. Falcone Construction of Buffalo that ensures continuation of work on the village's streetscape project on Broadway.

The work will target a section of Broadway from Westcott Avenue to Sullivan Road. The streetscape project, which began last spring, is designed to raise driveways and sidewalks for handicapped access, as well as improve streetlights and trees.

Nativity set, Christmas tree stolen

'Tis the season.

A Nativity set and artificial Christmas tree with a combined value of $400 were reported stolen from a storage locker in the Mariner Towers on Saturday, police said.

Man tells police he was robbed, shot

A Winspear Avenue man told Northeast District police that two armed men forced him to lie on the ground as they robbed and shot him late Friday night, authorities said.

Ronald Barton, 47, was listed in fair condition Saturday in Erie County Medical Center, where he is recuperating from a gunshot wound to the left buttock.

The robbery occurred on Ada Place at 11:40 p.m., according to police. The shooters robbed Barton of his wallet, which contained his personal papers and $175.

Town Democratic chairman elected

Former Cheektowaga Supervisor Kenneth J. Meyers has been elected town Democratic chairman.

This is the third stint as chairman for Meyers, who served in the post in the 1970s and again in the 1980s. He has the job of bringing together different factions in the party that have squabbled for several years.

"I think it's working very well. Our party's been split," he said. "We've had some bumpy roads, but I think we can straighten them out."

Also elected was Joan Dudek, executive vice chairwoman, who is the town tax receiver; Anthony Sisti, vice chairman; Ruth Casacci, vice chairwoman; John Ptak, treasurer; Sigmund Kucewicz, secretary; and Richard Schneider, sergeant-at-arms.

Church plans Thanksgiving service

The fourth annual Praise and Thanksgiving Community Thanksgiving Service will take place at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 27 in Parkside Lutheran Church, Depew and Wallace avenues.

Those attending are asked to bring canned and packaged nonperishable food and/or cash to be given to the Kenmore/North Buffalo Emergency Food Pantry.

Participating churches are North Park Lutheran, St. Rose of Lima Catholic Church, Episcopal Church of the Good Shepherd, St. Margaret's Catholic Church, Parkside Lutheran and Episcopal Church of the Transfiguration. Organizations are the East Hertel Community Organization, Kiwanis Club of North Buffalo and North Buffalo Community Center.

Wright-Martin meeting commemorated

Architect Frank Lloyd Wright and mail-order catalog magnate Darwin D. Martin held their first meeting in Buffalo on Nov. 18, 1902.

The Landmark Society of the Niagara Frontier will commemorate the 100th anniversary of that event with a program at 12:15 p.m. Monday in the Buffalo Architecture Center in the Market Arcade, 617 Main St. Theodore L. Lownie, architect for the Martin House Restoration Project, will discuss the role that Wright and Martin played in Buffalo, the region and the field of architecture. Admission is free.

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