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SOAP BOX DERBY QUALIFIER IS SATURDAY

About 50 youngsters will compete at 9 a.m. Saturday in the Greater Buffalo Soap Box Derby, which will be run at Jefferson Avenue and Best Street. They will be trying to qualify for the 66th running of the All-American Soap Box Derby July 21 to 26 in Akron, Ohio.

The competitors are ages 8 to 16. Buffalo is one of six cities holding a race Saturday. Headquarters for the Greater Buffalo Soap Box Derby is Lincoln Academy School 44. For information, visit the Web site at www.allamericansoapboxderby.com.

Solar boats to race on Hoyt Lake

The 10th annual Solar Splash World Championship of Solar-Electric Boating will be held for the third year from June 18 to 22 on Hoyt Lake in Delaware Park.

This competition will involve collegiate and high school teams that have spent the year designing, engineering and building one-person solar-electric powered boats. This year, 28 teams registered, 10 more than last year, from as far away as the University of Istanbul in Turkey and as close as the University at Buffalo. Teams will compete in a variety of categories, including sprint races that can reach speeds of 15 to 20 mph, as well as maneuverability and endurance heats.

In the paddock area behind the Rose Garden, each team will set up a display explaining its entry and how it was built. Information is available at www.solarsplash.com or from Laurie Dann at 490-1735.

Jewish Committee to honor couple

Peter and Ilene R. Fleischmann of East Amherst will receive the 2003 Community Relations Award from the American Jewish Committee Buffalo-Niagara Chapter during the organization's annual meeting June 8.

Ilene Fleischmann is associate dean in the University at Buffalo Law School and directs alumni affairs, public relations and communications. A former newspaper reporter, she also is editor of the UB Law Forum.

Peter Fleischmann has served as director and chief executive office of the Foundation for Jewish Philanthropies since 1982. He also is a founding director and past president of the Western New York Planned Giving Consortium.

The organization also will honor Victor Torres with the 2003 Pursuit of Justice Award and the Rev. Francis X. Mazur with the first Jane S. Heskins Messenger of Healing, Reconciliation and Peace Award.

The committee's officers and board of directors for 2003-04 also will be elected during the 60th anniversary celebration and annual meeting.

The event, which is open to the public, begins at 6 p.m. in the Buffalo Niagara Marriott, 1340 Millersport Highway, Amherst. It features food stations, music, cocktails, wine and a champagne toast.

Individual tickets are $60 and can be obtained by calling the Jewish Committee office at 819-1213 or by e-mail at Buffalo@AJC.org.

Volunteers sought to assist the elderly

The Red Cross is looking for volunteers for its Lifeline to Independence for the Elderly Project.

Volunteers provide housekeeping services, yard work and friendly visits to elderly residents of the West Side. Training is provided beforehand. The next LIFE Project volunteer orientation and training will be at 5 p.m. June 30 at chapter headquarters, 786 Delaware Ave. For information, call 878-2378.

Event to raise funds for scholarships

The Amherst Business and Professional Women's Club will hold a fund-raiser to raise money for two scholarships.

The event, a basket auction and jewelry fashion show, will take place at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday in Classics V Restaurant, 2425 Niagara Falls Blvd., Amherst. Dinner will be served at 7.

Proceeds will fund two $1,000 scholarships, one for a female high school senior in Amherst who is pursuing a college education and the other for a woman who is returning to college to complete her education after having raised children or because she is seeking other career options.

Tickets, at $25 per person, are available by calling Connie Paxhia, co-chairwoman of the event, at 862-8529.

Financial assistance offered to farmers

Farmers interested in technical assistance and funding to address concerns about natural resources can apply for financial assistance through the Natural Resources Conservation Service.

New York has received $7.9 million through the federal farm legislation to help implement the Environmental Quality Incentives Program. To be eligible for assistance, applicants must own or control the land and agree to implement specific, eligible conservation practices.

Applications must be submitted by June 13. For information, call 652-8480.

Home care agency moving to Perry

PERRY -- HomeCare & Hospice is moving its Wyoming County office from Warsaw to Perry.

The agency, which provides at-home assistance to the terminally ill and patients recovering from serious illness or surgery, will have room to expand its training facilities and upgrade its computer and telecommunication systems in its new location at 204-206 N. Main St. The new office will open Monday.

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