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Two foundations give hospital unit $450,000

NIAGARA FALLS -- Two foundations have contributed a total of $450,000 toward construction of Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center's new psychiatric unit.

Hospital spokesman Patrick J. Bradley announced Monday that the John R. Oishei Foundation has awarded the project $400,000 and the James H. Cummings Foundation has kicked in $50,000.

Earlier this year, the Grigg-Lewis Foundation of Lockport gave the project $50,000.

The project, estimated to cost $4.9 million, is to create two adjoining adult behavioral health units with space for group therapy, replacing the current psychiatric unit.

Completion is expected in 2009.

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Former coroner to fill vacant district position

LOCKPORT -- Former Niagara County Coroner Russell Jackman II is to be appointed by the County Legislature tonight to fill the vacant District 1 coroner position in Niagara Falls.

Jackman, a Wilson resident who last year lost a re-election bid for a second term as District 4 coroner, was nominated by the Republicans last week to run in the Nov. 4 election in District 1, which covers the City of Niagara Falls. Coroners need not live in the districts they represent. The Democratic nominee, Cindy-Lou Joyce, lives in Wheatfield.

She is the wife of James M. Joyce, whose resignation last month sparked the need for an election. Leaders of the GOP-controlled Legislature had previously announced their intention to use their legal authority to appoint someone to fill the coroner seat for the rest of this year only; the winner of the election takes office Jan. 1.

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Second WNY Honor Flight to D.C. memorial set

The second Western New York Honor Flight, carrying local veterans to visit the National World War II Memorial in Washington, D.C., is scheduled to leave Buffalo Niagara International Airport on Wednesday morning and return in the evening, State Sen. George Maziarz, R-Newfane, reports.

More than 30 veterans were chosen to take the trip after applying through the Honor Flight Network, a national volunteer organization. They also will visit a number of other notable sites, including the Iwo Jima Memorial.

"I'm really looking forward to being a guardian on this trip and spending time with our local veterans," Maziarz said.

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