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Court workers take heed of heart care

State court workers had their blood pressure taken during a noontime "Go Red" Day program Friday in Old County Hall as part of the American Heart Association's monthlong effort to raise public awareness of heart diseases.

Dr. JoAnne Cobler, a cardiac specialist with the Buffalo Cardiology & Pulmonary Association, discussed cardiovascular disease and ways men and women can reduce their risks. The address in the second-floor Ceremonial Courtroom of the historic courthouse attracted a large crowd of court workers and judges.

The courthouse session was arranged by State Supreme Court Justice Rose H. Sconiers, who is a member of the American Heart Association's Western New York Regional Advisory Board.

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'Dream Girl' to be presented in Historical Society Museum

The Playhouse of American Classics and the Buffalo & Erie County Historical Society will co-present "Dream Girl" during Valentine's Day weekend.

Elmer Rice's 1945 play is a lighthearted comedy about a young woman named Georgina Allerton, whose efforts to run a bookstore are severely undermined by her tendency to drift off into extravagant and often humorous "Walter Mitty-like" daydreams.

Performance dates and times are: 8 p.m. Friday; ; 2 p.m. next Saturday; and 2 and 6 p.m. Feb. 15.

All performances will take place in the auditorium of the Buffalo & Erie County Historical Society Museum, 25 Nottingham Court at Elmwood Avenue. Tickets are $15 for adults and $10 for seniors and students.

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Kenmore Mercy opens diagnostic facility

Kenmore Mercy Hospital has branched out further into Amherst with the opening of its new Williamsville Diagnostic Center on International Drive.

The outpatient facility, which is located in the same building as the Brain & Spine Center, will offer a variety of imaging, laboratory and rehabilitation services.

"We serve a large population of patients throughout the Northtowns, and this facility will give them a more comfortable and convenient location to receive their care," said James Millard, the hospital's president and chief executive officer.

Millard said the hospital also hopes to attract new patients to the $3.8 million facility.

The project is one of a handful in the works at Kenmore Mercy, which is a part of the Catholic Health System. The hospital also is planning to open a new rear entrance and an endovascular lab for minimally invasive procedures.

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