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>Kmiec is in New Jersey, mourning loss of brother

Bishop Edward U. Kmiec of the Catholic Diocese of Buffalo will be in New Jersey until Monday to mourn the loss of his last surviving sibling, Henry M. Kmiec, who died Monday in Brick, N.J., at age 82.

The bishop will preside at a Mass of Christian Burial on Saturday in his home parish, St. Hedwig Church in Trenton.

Kmiec had been visiting with his brother, who was ill, since Dec. 26.

"He was a tremendous support to me. His unselfish act of returning home to care for my parents allowed me to enter seminary and go onto the priesthood," the bishop said of his brother. "I will be eternally grateful for Henry's selflessness and his strong support of my priestly life."

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>Cradle Beach recruiting for leaders' program

Cradle Beach Camp in Evans is taking applications from young people 14 to 16 years old to attend its Pioneer Camper leadership training program.

The program will be free as a result of a grant from the John R. Oishei Foundation.

Participants must attend three weekend sessions at the camp -- one in February, one in March and one in April -- which include overnight stays. Deadline for applications is Feb. 1. Forty-five spots are available. For information, call Michele Tripi at 549-6307, Ext. 208, or e-mail mtripi@cradlebeach.org.

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>Polish folk ensemble to hold open house

An open house to recruit new members to the Harmony Polish Folk Ensemble will be held from 7 to 8 p.m. Friday in St. John Gualbert Catholic Church, Gualbert Avenue and Doat Street, Cheektowaga.

Members of the organization meet once a week to learn traditional folk dances from the various regions of Poland, as well as the polka. The group also explores folklore, holiday traditions, regional customs, history and music.

For more information, call Manya Pawlak-Metzler, 875-2030.

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