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>Hospice House to admit first patient today

LOCKPORT -- Niagara Hospice House expects to admit its first patient today, said Patricia M. Degan, director of marketing and public relations for Niagara Hospice.

The $5 million, 24,000-square-foot facility on Sunset Drive is meant to offer residential care for dying patients and accommodations for their families.

It offers 18 suites, 10 for short-term care and eight for stays of longer than two weeks.

The new facility is expected to create about 50 jobs.

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>Training session set for volunteer greeters

NIAGARA FALLS -- A training session will take place today for a countywide volunteer greeter program that welcomes tourists to Niagara Falls.

Sponsored by the Niagara Tourism and Convention Corp., the Niagara Greeters "Info On the Go" program is in its fourth year.

Greeters welcome visitors and hand out maps and guides about the region.

Flexible volunteer shifts in Niagara Falls are available.

Greeters also assist at special events and at Conference Center Niagara Falls. For more information, contact Louise Yots at 282-6718.

Today's training session runs from 2 to 3:30 p.m. in the main branch of Niagara Falls Public Library, 1425 Main St.

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>Tucker seeks funds for Flight of Five

LOCKPORT -- Mayor Michael W. Tucker will be in Albany today to lobby a powerful state senator for money to help pay for the restoration of the Flight of Five, the original Erie Canal locks.

Tucker said Monday he and State Sen. George D. Maziarz, R-Newfane, will be meeting with State Sen. Thomas W. Libous, R-Binghamton, chairman of the Senate Transportation Committee. Tucker said his understanding is that Libous controls a pot of money that can be parceled out for favored projects submitted by each senator.

"I'm going for $10 million," Tucker said. That would be enough to complete the entire project, with the $3.3 million already on hand. "I'm going to ask for what I need and take what I can get. If I get $1 million or $2 million, that's great."

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