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Pulaski Day Parade taps honorary grand marshals

Poland's consul general in New York City, Krzysztof W. Kasprzyk, will join Rep. Brian Higgins, D-Buffalo, and Sheriff Timothy B. Howard as honorary grand marshals of the annual Pulaski Day Parade on July 22, General Pulaski Association President Brian D. Rusk announced.

The parade, which often attracts 100,000 spectators, begins at 1:30 p.m. at Thruway Plaza in Cheektowaga and proceeds north on Harlem Road past Cheektowaga Town Park.

Kasprzyk, who was featured speaker at the 2006 Pulaski Association dinner, was elected chairman of the Polish Journalists Association during the Solidarity upheaval in Poland and is author of eight books. He was named consul general in 2005.

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Planned ethanol plant gets federal funding

Rep. Thomas M. Reynolds, R-Clarence, announced Monday $199,999 in funding from the federal Departure of Agriculture toward road reconstruction around a planned ethanol plant in the Orleans County Town of Shelby.

Road reconstruction on Bates Road will help alleviate expected traffic congestion following the construction of the plant, which would be the first modern, state-of-the-art dry mill ethanol plant in New York State.

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Rices will be honored with Olmsted Award

Corinne and Victor Rice will be honored at the Buffalo Olmsted Parks Conservancy's annual gala July 20 in Cazenovia Park.

The couple will receive the Frederick Law Olmsted Award for helping to preserve the historic parks and parkways designed by the renowned 19th century landscape architect -- the first system of its kind in the country. She is a former conservancy board chairwoman and trustee emeritus, and he is a current trustee.

Four hundred invited guests will party under the stars with carriage rides, auctions, cocktails, dinner and dancing on the grounds overlooking historic Cazenovia Park Casino.

The 29-year-old conservancy is responsible for maintaining the 1,200-acre system designed by Olmsted in the 1880s. Tickets are $175 and may be reserved by calling 838-1249, Ext. 17.

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Pioneer Day offers events for children

Children can go back in time on Pioneer Day, an event hosted by the Buffalo & Erie County Historical Society and Amherst Museum.

The event will take place from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. July 19 at the Historical Society's Pan American Building at 25 Nottingham Court at Elmwood Ave. Admission is $5 for children and free for adults.

The day will feature a variety of hands-on activities for kids, including lessons on candle-making, butter-churning and lace-making. Children will also have the chance to explore the Pioneer Gallery of the Pan Am Building.

For more information, call 873-9644, Ext. 301.

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