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>Red Cross plans breakfast social

LOCKPORT -- The Eastern Niagara County Chapter of the American Red Cross will presents its second annual "Communities that Care" breakfast social from 8 to 9 a.m. today in the Dale Association, 33 Ontario St. Coffee and pastries will be served.

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>Fundraiser scheduled for Schoellkopf Park

NIAGARA FALLS -- A "Taste of Little Italy," to be held at 5 p.m. Thursday in Columbus Park, will raise money for restoring historic Schoellkopf Park.

The event will feature food donated by a dozen local restaurants and markets, including specialty pizza, pasta with meat sauce, garlic knots and stuffed banana peppers.

A $20 donation to attend the event will go toward restoring a signature fountain, fencing and other landscaping in Schoellkopf Park on Pine Avenue. Tickets are available at the Pine Avenue Business Association, Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center Foundation or at the event. For details, call 285-0377.

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>Briarwood Pool to hold open house

LOCKPORT -- Briarwood Pool, recently bailed out from threatened mortgage foreclosure by a group of eight local investors, is hosting an open house, including free swimming for all, from 2 to 6 p.m. Sunday at its facility at Willow Street and Briarwood Drive.

Club members, staff and board members will be on hand to answer questions about memberships and swim lessons. Also, a Chiavetta's chicken barbecue dinner will be served from 3 to 7 p.m.

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>Senior care program wins $300,000 grant

NIAGARA FALLS -- The Health Association of Niagara County and the Dale Association in Lockport have received a $300,000 grant toward their joint project to provide home care for local seniors who otherwise would have to go into nursing homes.
The Grigg-Lewis Foundation of Lockport awarded the grant to Complete Senior Care, as the program is to be known. Health Association spokesman Jeff Paterson said Tuesday that the organization is planning a $1.5 million renovation of its Main Street headquarters into a clinic to begin offering the care program in 2008. A Lockport counterpart is targeted to open in 2010, Paterson said.

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