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LOCAL NEWS BRIEFS

CROWDED HOLDING CENTER TO UNDERGO EXPANSION

Cited by the state for its crowded conditions, the Erie County Holding Center will undergo a $1.2 million expansion to provide for 44 more beds.

The state Commission of Correction told Erie County it will no longer grant the variances that had allowed the holding center to place inmates in a gymnasium. So county lawmakers will let the Sheriff's Department finance the project with $700,000 from the tobacco settlement, $350,000 in bond proceeds and $150,000 the department has on hand.

FREE MEALS AVAILABLE FOR LOW-INCOME CHILDREN

Children and young adults less than 19 years old this summer can receive free breakfasts, lunches and snacks, as they did at schools during the school year.

Meals are served at schools, churches, playgrounds and community centers throughout Erie County. Some 12,000 recipients participated last summer, but the Nutrition Consortium of New York State in Albany estimates Erie County has almost 55,000 low-income children who could take part.

To find the nearest site, call toll-free (800) 522-5006.

HOSPITAL GETS $138,524 FROM SUPERMARKET CHAIN

Tops Markets has presented a check for $138,524 to Women & Children's Hospital after the Our Kids Golf Outing on Monday at Fox Valley Country Club in Lancaster.

The money was raised by Tops as a sponsor of the Children's Miracle Network, an alliance of children's hospitals in North America.

MILESTONE EVENT FEATURES FORMER EDITOR OF NEWS

Bistro Bookers, a local book group founded in 1990, will mark its 100th review night Aug. 3 with a presentation by Murray B. Light, former editor of The Buffalo News and author of the book "From Butler to Buffett: The Story Behind The Buffalo News," in Chef's Restaurant, 291 Seneca St.

Free hors d'oeuvres and a cash bar will begin at 5:30 p.m., with the presentation starting at 6:15. After the talk, all are invited to continue the conversation over dinner.

As with all Bistro Bookers evenings, the public is invited.

SALVATION ARMY TO OPEN LARGEST AREA THRIFT STORE

The Salvation Army will open its largest family thrift store in the area July 29 in the Tops Plaza on Route 219 in Springville.

Mayor Gary Eppolito will cut the ribbon at 10 a.m. at the 25,000-square-foot store. Door prizes will be announced every half hour, with a 1993 Honda Accord as the grand prize. The donation center also will be open for those wishing to leave goods.

Maj. Jim Francis, administrator, said the new thrift store will help support the Salvation Army's Adult Rehabilitation Center at 1080 Military Road, Town of Tonawanda.

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