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LOCAL NEWS BRIEFS - Final

Home tour to feature historic properties

Nearly 20 landmark properties, including the Theodore Roosevelt Inaugural National Historic Site, will welcome visitors during "Secrets of Allentown Home Tour 2005" Sunday in the historic neighborhood north of downtown.

The list includes several homes that the organizing Allentown Association considers among the best of more than 140 that have opened their doors to the public since 1994, and some not previously seen.

The Roosevelt Inaugural Site will offer visitors their last chance to see "The Way We Were: Scenes from Buffalo's Past." The special exhibition includes 19th century Buffalo prints collected from around the world by J. Warren Perry.

The tour will run from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. and will include a noon wine tasting in the Butler Mansion, 672 Delaware Ave. -- the starting point. Tickets are $12 today at Eminent Design, 191 Allen St.; NEO, 55 Allen; Tops and Martin's markets; or online at Tickets.com., or $15 Sunday. Proceeds will benefit the Allentown Association.

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Mobile outreach aided by $50,000 from state

Planned Parenthood's mobile outreach program has received $50,000 from the state through Assemblyman Sam Hoyt, D-Buffalo.

Planned Parenthood of Buffalo & Erie County and Planned Parenthood of Niagara County will use the money to buy a new recreational vehicle to help the agencies deliver planning services to communities across Western New York.

Currently, an RV is leased from a local hospital for the project. The new vehicle is expected to be purchased by early 2006.

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Town to discuss plan to change Seven Corners

A state Department of Transportation plan to reconfigure the "Seven Corners" in Hamburg to a regular four-corner intersection will be presented during a public information meeting at 6 p.m. Tuesday in the Grange Building on the Erie County Fairgrounds.

The "preferred alternative" for the intersection of Southwestern Boulevard (Route 20), McKinley Parkway and Big Tree Road (Route 20A) -- which at one time had seven corners but now has six -- is to realign Big Tree so that both approaches end prior to the intersection and traffic is diverted onto Route 20, forming new T-intersections to the east and west of what would then be the McKinley-Route 20 intersection.

When the plan was first outlined during a public hearing in May, it met with some resistance, including from the Big Tree Fire Company, which said it feared adding two intersections would only make things worse.

But now the DOT has indicated that is the plan it intends to adopt by designating it the preferred alternative.

The project, scheduled to begin in the spring of 2007 also includes widening Southwestern with the addition of a center turn lane from South Park Avenue in Hamburg to California Road in Orchard Park, adding turn lanes at Southwestern and Abbott Road in Orchard Park, adding sidewalks on both sides of Southwestern between South Park and Orchard Park Road and improving drainage along Southwestern.

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