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Niagara Hospice wins drug therapy award

LOCKPORT -- The excelleRx Institute has announced its selection of Niagara Hospice as a "Distinguished Performer" in the field of Hospice pharmacotherapy outcomes.

Niagara Hospice received the award in the category of Hospices with an average daily census of 40 or more.

The organization served an average of 132 Niagara County patients per day last year.

The purpose of the Excellence in Pharmacotherapy Outcomes Award is to recognize outstanding achievements by Hospice organizations dedicated to superior care and to promote best practices.

"Pharmacotherapy outcomes" is defined as the use of drugs in the treatment of disease.

When used in Hospice care, pharmacotherapy outcomes seek to grant the patient the most amount of comfort possible.

The award was based upon the work of Dr. Sarah Motiwala-Goris, the first post-doctoral pharmacy practice resident at Niagara Hospice.

Niagara Hospice provides end-of-life comfort, care and support to county residents faced with terminal illnesses.

For more information, visit www.niagarahospice.org online, or call 439-4417.

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Dale Association to honor its chief executive officer

LOCKPORT -- The Dale Association will honor its chief executive officer, Linda L. Van Buskirk, for 30 years of service to the organization when it holds its annual meeting and awards ceremony from 3 to 5:30 p.m. Tuesday in the Holiday Inn, 515 S. Transit St.

Van Buskirk will receive the Distinguished Service Award.

Other honors will include the Teamwork Award, to jeweler George Fritz and the Lockport Senior Center's dance troupes, the Bag Ladies and Line Dancers; the Bette Dale Award, to Dr. Diane S. Annalett and attorney Patricia George; and the Lorraine Brady Remembrance Award, to Town of Lockport Supervisor John B. Austin and Hank and Sue Beamer.

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Arts Council receives $2,500 state grant

LEWISTON -- The Lewiston Council on the Arts recently was awarded a $2,500 grant from the New York State Council for the Humanities for its upcoming program "The Niagara Movement: A Centennial Celebration."

The event -- which will be held at 7 p.m. Oct. 8 in the Performing Arts Center of Niagara Falls High School, 4455 Porter Road -- combines music, history and video to provide a glimpse into a turbulent stage in American history and the impact this region had on the early civil rights movement.

The grant, along with support from Assemblywoman Francine DelMonte, D-Niagara Falls; State Sen. George Maziarz, R-Newfane; Niagara County Legislator Renae Kimble; and the Niagara Tourism and Convention Corp., has made it possible to present this program free of charge.

American Sign Language interpretation will be provided.

The State Humanities Council is an affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities.

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