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Habitat house dedicated by realtors association

A renovated four-bedroom Habitat for Humanity house at 114 Hamlin Road in the historic Hamlin Park neighborhood was dedicated Saturday by the Buffalo Niagara Association of Realtors.

Cozetta Davis, a single mother who spent 500 hours helping volunteers, including actor Chad Michael Murray, rehabilitate the structure, will move in with her three daughters later this month. The project in the city's first housing subdivision is among eight statewide sponsored by the New York State Association of Realtors to celebrate its 100th anniversary.

Rebuilding a house for those like Davis, who otherwise could not afford to own, "increases the value of neighboring properties and increases the rate of home ownership," said Pete Peterson, president of the association.


ProjecTruth awarded $100,000 grant

ProjecTruth, an abstinence until marriage and character-based education program administered through Catholic Charities of Buffalo, has been awarded a $100,000 Abstinence Education Grant from the state Department of Health. The grant is renewable for a five-year period.

The state funds will be used for an initiative targeting pre-adolescents, ages 11 and under, in areas where the teen pregnancy rate is highest in Erie and Niagara counties. ProjecTruth will use part of its new "LifeSongs" curriculum, which integrates popular music with lesson plans and activities that emphasize character building for this age group.


Cub Scout celebration also world record bid

Local Boy Scouts will celebrate Cub Scouting's 75th anniversary by trying to set a world record for the most lighted candles on a birthday cake on Sept. 17 at Lincoln Park.

The Greater Niagara Frontier Council's celebration will be from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the park at 1170 Parker Blvd., Town of Tonawanda. Village Desserts/P&R Bakery is supplying the cake, and a donation of 18,000 candles is coming from the Symak Sales Co. in Plattsburgh.

Lunch and a commemorative patch will be available for purchase. The event, open to the public, is sponsored by the Town of Tonawanda Youth, Parks & Recreation Department.


Allentown tour revisits 10 popular properties

The 2005 Secrets of Allentown Home Tour will revisit nearly 20 of the most highly praised properties from the past 10 years from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sept. 25, the Allentown Association reports. Many have been remodeled or redecorated since their original showing.

Organizers have set ticket prices at 1990s levels, as well. Admission is $12 in advance or $15 on the day of the event. Advance tickets are available through; at Tops and Martin's supermarkets; at Eminent Design, 191 Allen St.; and at Neo, 55 Allen St.

Ticketholders also will have free admission to the Theodore Roosevelt Inaugural Site on the day of the event, a 10 percent discount at about 12 Allentown restaurants and a free wine tasting. The tour starts at the Butler Mansion, 672 Delaware Ave. For information, visit

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