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MONUMENT HONORING VETERANS PLANNED

By Memorial Day 2004, sponsors of the Veterans Stadium Restoration Project in Lackawanna hope to have a monument honoring all veterans and bearing the names of up to 1,600 area residents who served in the military.

Plans call for a polished Italian marble wall with two columns and engraved names and branch of service.

All honorably discharged veterans would be treated equally, and no ranks or dates of service will be listed, according to Michael Duggan, chairman of the veterans committee for the project.

They will be listed under the phrase, "All Gave Some. Some Gave All."

There will be a $100 charge for each name, and applications are available at Lackawanna veterans posts and from the Lackawanna Chamber of Commerce by calling 823-8841.

In addition to the monument, the project involves restoration of the stadium and returning it to use for high school sports.

About $35,000 has been raised to date.

Smoke-free room opening at casino

NIAGARA FALLS -- Even though the Seneca Nation of Indians does not have to comply with nonsmoking regulations that go into effect in every public building in the state July 24, Seneca Niagara Casino is opening a smoke-free room today.

The casino will open the 15,750-square-foot Turtle Island room with a ribbon-cutting ceremony at 5 p.m. at the casino, 310 Fourth St. The new room will include 325 slot machines as well as a dozen gambling tables.

"Our primary focus is customer comfort," said Rickey Armstrong, president of the Seneca Nation of Indians. "While the casino is exempt from New York State smoking regulations, our smoke-free room has been a priority because we want to make sure everyone is comfortable during their visit."

The Blue Heron Club for high-stakes players also opens today.

The 2,500-square-foot club will accommodate about 60 players. The club features full-size baccarat tables and blackjack.

A private reception for selected guests will inaugurate the Blue Heron Club at 8 p.m.

Bailey Avenue Art Walk planned

The Bailey Avenue Art Walk, featuring artwork by area students and members of the University at Buffalo Community Fight Blight Team, will run through June 7 in participating businesses on Bailey and Kensington avenues.

Art Walk maps are available at participating businesses, Kensington-Bailey Neighborhood Housing Services, the office of University Council Member Betty Jean Grant or by contacting the University Community Initiative at 829-3099.

Muhammad School students to perform

String students from Muhammad School of Music will be showcased during the fourth annual "Celebration of Youth Spring Concert" scheduled May 31 in the McKinley High School auditorium.

The concert begins at 2 p.m. in the school at 1500 Elmwood Ave. Admission is $8 for adults and $4 for children.

Also appearing will be Buffalo City Ballet, as well as instrumental students from Stepping Stone Academy, Frederick Law Olmsted School 67, King Urban Life Center Charter School and Houghton Academy School 69.

For information or tickets to the May 31 concert, call the school at 818-3057 or 570-5064.

Festival to feature films by students

The first Lackawanna Film Festival, featuring three original films written and produced by students in grades 7 through 12, will take place at 7 p.m. Tuesday in the high school auditorium.

Thirty-one students from the middle and high school were involved in the effort.

Drive to aid missing children's center

Monro Muffler/Brake and Service, Ritz Camera, Krispy Kreme Doughnuts, Prime Wines, Prestige Wine and Spirits and Premium Wine and Spirits are helping raise money this week in Buffalo for the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children.

National Missing Children's Day is Sunday. The center assists law enforcement in missing-child cases and has helped unite more than 71,000 children with their families.

"Check Out for Children" offers the option of adding an additional $1, $5 or $10 donation to purchases at participating stores.

Money collected in the stores during the campaign, which runs through Wednesday, will be forwarded to the national center in Alexandria, Va.

Ecuador children need host families

Host families are being sought for Ecuadorean children who will be spending the summer in Western New York.

During those eight weeks, host families will incur no financial obligation other than providing the child food, shelter and an opportunity to experience American family life and culture. The children from Quito speak English and are medically insured.

If you have a child between the ages of 13 and 17 and would consider being a host, the Foundation for International Cooperation, an affiliate of the Catholic Diocese of Buffalo, can be reached by calling 648-5459.

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