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Grant to improve access to LaSalle branch library

NIAGARA FALLS -- Niagara Falls Public Library has been awarded a $66,000 grant from the state Education Department to make the LaSalle branch library handicapped-accessible.

The Public Library Construction Grant will help pay for a ramp and elevator at the building at 8728 Buffalo Ave. The city has received $59,000 already, and construction is slated to start Monday, according to George Telatnik, a part-time administrative librarian who wrote the grant application.

The city received a bid of $133,200 last year to install the elevator and ramp and will use casino revenue to match the grant and pay for the rest of the project.

The project required approval by the New York State Historic Preservation Office because the 1925 building held the offices, Police Department and prison of the former Village of LaSalle, according to written release.

The branch will be closed for construction until April 23, and programs scheduled during the closing will be rescheduled. Books can be returned in the book drop at the LaSalle branch or to the Main Library at 1425 Main St. until it reopens.

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Easter Egg Hunt gets green flag for Saturday

WILSON -- The Lions Clubs of Wilson and Ransomville will host an Easter Egg Hunt at noon Saturday on the Wilson Historical Society grounds on Route 425.

Sign-in starts at 11:30 a.m. for this free event, which will be held rain or shine.

For more information or to pre-register, call 751-6334.

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Medical Center receives Red Cross recognition

NIAGARA FALLS -- The American Heart Association recently recognized Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center as a participating hospital in its "Get With the Guidelines -- Coronary Artery Disease program.

The program helps ensure continuous quality improvement of heart attack treatment and prevention. It focuses on care team protocols to ensure that patients are treated and discharged properly.

Registered nurse Kelly Fitzgerald, director of cardiopulmonary services, and Chief Nursing Officer Joanne Krolewski, accepted the recognition recently from Sheree Murphy, director of quality improvement initiatives for the Heart Association.

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