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City crews to begin bulk trash collections

Buffalo sanitation crews will begin collecting bulk trash Sunday. The Public Works Department has scheduled spring and fall collection weeks in each of the nine Common Council districts. Trash must be put out on Sunday of the designated week. Each property is limited to a pile of trash no more than 12 feet long, 3 feet high and 3 feet wide. Excessive amounts of trash are subject to a fine. Solvents, paints and tires will not be accepted.

Bulk trash collections will occur in the following weeks in these districts:

South, Sunday and July 30; Delaware, April 9 and Aug. 6; Lovejoy, April 16 and Aug. 13; North, April 23 and Aug. 20; Niagara, April 30 and Aug. 27; Ellicott, May 7 and Sept. 10; Masten, May 14 and Sept. 17; Fillmore, May 21 and Sept. 24; and University, June 4 and Oct. 1.

City residents can also bring trash to the East Side transfer station at 793 South Ogden St. The first ton is free, and each additional ton disposed of will cost about $44. For more information, call 851-4890.

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Runner to lead group raising funds for Mercy Flight

When Kevin Patterson was seriously injured in a bicycle accident in 2004, a crew from the Mercy Flight helicopter service stood by while paramedics worked on his mangled body.

Patterson, who was training for an Ironman Triathlon at the time, didn't need the Mercy Flight crew, but as he recovered he never forgot them. As the head of Miles With Missions, he and a group of runners have raised nearly $20,000 for Mercy Flight.

His latest fund-raising venture is a trip to the April 9 Paris Marathon with 20 other runners. The group hopes to raise $20,000 for the air rescue service.

You can sponsor a runner by sending an e-mail to kevinpatterson@sprint.com, or writing Mercy Flight, PO Box 224, Buffalo, NY 14225.

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Individuals, families sought to host foreign students

International Fellowship Inc. is looking for individuals or families to host foreign exchange students during the coming school year.

Some high school students from abroad will be here for a full academic year, some for a semester or a shorter program of three months. Students have their own spending money and are covered by health and accident insurance. For more information, call (800) 647-8839.

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