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Kids Create Hope Walk is June 30 on Island

The first Kids Create Hope Walk to support pediatric cancer research at Roswell Park Cancer Institute will step off on 3K and 5K courses at 9 a.m. next Saturday in Beaver Island State Park, Grand Island. Sabres alumnus Rob Ray is honorary chairman, and 97 Rock's Rob Lederman is emcee.

The walk is the inaugural event for the Kids Create Hope Shane G. Ferguson, M.D., Pediatric Cancer Research Fund, established to honor the local pediatrician who died last September after a three-year battle with pancreatic cancer. For information, visit www.kidscreatehope.org.

"During his illness, Shane often denounced the lack of funding to research his rare tumor," said his wife, Dr. Gail Ferguson. "However, prior to his death, he requested that any money donated in his name should be given to pediatric cancer research. His goal was to give young cancer patients the chance to optimize their futures."

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Salmonella confirmed in sick market patrons

FORT ERIE, Ont. -- Canadian health officials Friday announced an outbreak of salmonella food poisoning among patrons of Stewart's Farm Market on Dominion Road between June 15 and Tuesday.

Health officials said 17 people have become ill and salmonella has been confirmed in two. Symptoms include nausea, fever and/or diarrhea. Health inspectors from the Health Department of the Niagara Region have been examining food-handling practices of the deli and butcher shop, which remains closed pending the outcome of the investigation. Food samples also have been forwarded to a public health laboratory in Toronto.

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Band to collect supplies for schools in need

LEWISTON -- When Hootie and the Blowfish makes its first stop on a 15-city tour at Artpark on July 3, the band will be collecting school supplies for the community's schools in need.

The two-time Grammy winners, known for '90s hits such as "Only Wanna Be With You," "Hold My Hand" and "Let Her Cry," are headlining the First Niagara Tuesday in the Park free outdoor concert series. The school supplies collection has been a band initiative for the past four years.

Ransomville Bus Lines will supply buses -- one at each Artpark entrance -- beginning at 3 p.m. to accept school supply donations from concertgoers. The items will be collected by volunteers from the Lewiston-Porter Central School District, and later distributed to Niagara County schools.

The concert gets under way at 6:30 p.m.

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Town adopts law regulating wind turbines

FREDONIA -- The Pomfret Town Board Friday adopted a law relegating the development of wind turbines to areas zoned agricultural-residential.
The Planning Board began work on the law in 2005. A town moratorium on such projects officially ends Monday.

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