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The impact of regionalism on the minority community and the work of the 11-member panel studying a possible city-county consolidation will be one topic of a panel discussion from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday in the Ellicott CAO/NSD Center, 608 William St. The forum is sponsored by the A. Philip Randolph Institute.

The panel will discuss the work of the Commission to Create a New Government for the 21st Century and how it might affect African-Americans and Hispanics.

The commission, spearheaded by County Executive Joel A. Giambra and Mayor Anthony M. Masiello, is creating a plan for merging city and county government. Its chairman is former University at Buffalo President William R. Greiner.

Saturday's panelists will be Henry L. Taylor, director of the Center for Urban Studies at the University at Buffalo; Ralph Hernandez, the first Hispanic elected to the Buffalo Board of Education; attorney Kevin Gaughan, convener of the "Buffalo Conversation" forums on regionalism; and Craig Rogers, a Canisius College assistant professor of finance and economics.

The forum, part of the institute's annual workshop, also will deal with education in Western New York.


Ronald McDonald House at 780 W. Ferry St. unveiled a new walkway Monday in memory of people named on each brick. A plaque was also dedicated in the side garden.

The walkway was made possible by donations from G.E. Healthcare Financial Services, the Baird Foundation and the Hyde Foundation.

"Each of these bricks tells a story," said Executive Director Sally Vincent, "and we are grateful for the generosity of these three organizations."

The not-for-profit organization provides affordable accommodations and emotional support to families of ill or injured children receiving treatment at local hospitals.

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