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>Joe Montana coming here to battle hypertension

Football Hall of Famer Joe Montana is coming to Buffalo on April 26 with a new playbook for battling his latest foe, high blood pressure, which affects more than 40 percent of New Yorkers between ages 55 and 64. He will be here to address the Independent Health Association.

Montana, diagnosed with hypertension in 2002, discovered he had a clogged artery and a family history of heart disease. Now, in conjunction with cardiologist and fitness expert Dr. James M. Rippe, he is helping others bring their blood pressure under control with an education program titled "BP Success Zone," sponsored by Novartis Pharmaceuticals Corp.

Their strategy for beating hypertension is contained in "Joe Montana's Family Playbook for Managing High Blood Pressure," which contains advice and suggestions based on Montana's experiences. For information, visit the Web site at www.getbpdown.com.

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>Main break interrupts water service briefly

A water main break Thursday left a Ransom Oaks neighborhood in Amherst without water for a few hours.

The break occurred at about 6 a.m. on Greenwood Drive, according to Amherst police. When crews from the Erie County Water Authority arrived, they found a second leak nearby on New Road.

The water failure was concentrated around the Forest Edge Townhouses, said Daniel NeMoyer, spokesman for the authority.

He said crews will return later in the spring to landscape the ground where the pipe repairs were made.

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>St. Paul's Cathedral to offer U2 Eucharist

St. Paul's Cathedral, 128 Pearl St., will offer a Communion service at 4 p.m. Saturday featuring songs of the rock band U2.

Bishop J. Michael Garrison of the Episcopal Diocese of Western New York will be the celebrant. More than 100 churches across the country have offered U2 Eucharists. This will be the first in Western New York.

"We welcome everybody to this service, including people who aren't Episcopalians or who don't go to church at all," said Laurie Wozniak, spokeswoman for the diocese.

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>Contra dance to be held in Episcopal church

OLEAN -- A contra dance will begin at 7:30 p.m. Saturday in the Social Hall of St. Stephen's Episcopal Church, 112 S. Clinton St.

The dances, which are held on the second Saturday of each month, are sponsored by the Southern Tier Country Dance Society. Admission is $6 for adults and $2 for youths 16 and younger.

Joyce Rossbach of Syracuse is caller, accompanied by Southern Tier Friends, featuring Nadine Dyskant-Miller on flute and foot percussion, Barbara Dyskant on keyboard, Howard Blumenthal on fiddle and mandolin and Jessi Combs on fiddle. All dances will be taught and all ages and levels are welcome. For more information, call Barbara at 557-8978.

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