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A new community residence for mentally ill adults will be dedicated Friday morning.

Kensington Square, a 75-bed facility at 563 Kensington Ave., is a service-enriched, single-room occupancy community residence program. Speaking at the 11 a.m. dedication ceremony will be James Stone, the state's commissioner of mental health; Erie County Executive Joel A. Giambra; and Michael Weiner, the county's commissioner of mental health.

The facility was developed and will be operated by Living Opportunities of DePaul, a not-for-profit provider of residential mental health services. Kensington Square is licensed by the state and supported by the county.

Living Opportunities of DePaul will host an open house at Kensington Square, which is adjacent to Erie County Medical Center, from 10 a.m. to noon Friday.

Expansion of urban zones advancing

WASHINGTON -- A proposal to dramatically expand federal "renewal communities" -- low-tax urban zones in cities such as Buffalo, Niagara Falls and Jamestown -- is moving forward in the House as well as the Senate.

The House "Corrections Day Committee," which authorizes routine changes in existing law, has approved basing the size of those zones on 2000 Census data, rather than the 1990 Census, said Rep. Jack F. Quinn, R-Hamburg.

In addition, Quinn and Reps. Thomas M. Reynolds, R-Clarence, and Louise M. Slaughter, D-Fairport, sent a letter to the House Ways and Means Committee asking for that committee's quick approval of the change.

The letter also asked Ways and Means Chairman William M. Thomas, R-Calif., to push to include the change in the upcoming compromise tax cut to be negotiated by a House-Senate conference committee.

The Senate included the change in its version of the tax bill. The change would nearly triple the size of the low-tax zone in Buffalo and greatly expand the zones in Niagara Falls and Jamestown as well.

Home sale to benefit Camp Good Days

Essex Homes broke ground Monday afternoon on a new colonial home in Amherst -- the sale of which will benefit Camp Good Days & Special Times.

Net proceeds from the sale of the home will be used to support a major renovation at Camp Good Days' recreational facility in Branchport, on the shores of Keuka Lake.

The unusual fund-raiser is expected to generate at least $160,000 for the nonprofit organization, which would make it the largest fund-raising event in the history of Camp Good Days.

Essex Homes joined with Steve Tybor of Niagara Aluminum in obtaining contributions toward the construction of the new home at 72 South Parrish Court. More than 75 businesses and subcontractors have agreed to donate products, materials or labor to the home construction. The home is expected to be completed in September. It will be listed on the open real estate market, and the real estate agent, Marian Ciaramella of Realty USA, has agreed to donate her fees and commissions to Camp Good Days as well.

Brochure lists bed and breakfasts

A new brochure being distributed by the Empire State Bed & Breakfast Association features 149 bed and breakfast facilities approved by the organization's Standards Committee.

It lists the range of rates charged by the B&Bs and other information, such as where handicap-accessible lodging is located and which facility has amenities like conference space, phones, fireplaces or Jacuzzis.

To obtain a brochure, call (800) 841-1735, or visit the association's Web site,

Winners of Kenny Awards applauded

Two Niagara Falls High School students were among the winning actors, and West Seneca West High School took the prize for stage production, at the recent 10th annual Kenny Awards in Shea's Performing Arts Center.

West Seneca West won for its production of "Working." Other winners were Dan Schrack of Niagara Falls, outstanding leading actor for his role in "Footloose"; Sarah Graham of Canisius High School, outstanding leading actress for "Fiddler on the Roof"; Kenneth Badger of Niagara Falls, best supporting actor for "Footloose"; and Mary Kate Lonergan of Bishop Timon-St. Judge High School and Mount Mercy Academy, best supporting actress for "The Music Man.

Spotlight Awards were presented to Nardin Academy for its "Godspell" creative interpretation, Canisius for its "Fiddler" set design, Timon-St. Jude and Mount Mercy for "The Music Man" lighting and special effects, Kenmore West High School for its "Godspell" orchestral performance, Springville-Griffith Institute for "The Wiz" choreography, West Seneca West for ensemble acting in "Working," and Niagara Falls for vocal performance in "Footloose."

Elma Historical Society holding contest

The Elma Historical Society is sponsoring a community contest to rename its newsletter. A $50 U.S. Savings Bond will be presented to the entrant who provides the winning name. To submit an entry, send a card with your suggested title, your name, address and phone number to Elma Town Museum, P.O. Box 84, Elma, NY 14059 by May 31.

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