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Wheatfield bull terrier wins best of breed

For the second year in a row, a colored bull terrier from Wheatfield has won Best in Breed at the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show in New York City's Madison Square Garden.

Clio, a 4-year-old known in competition as Paradox Muse-Ic To My Ears, was declared the winner on Monday but lost out in the Best in Group competition, where she was edged out last year.

She is owned by Lockport veterinarian Jeanne C. Fournier-Fike and her husband, Scott Fike.

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Historical Society recruiting volunteers

The Newstead Historical Society is looking for some helping hands. Volunteers are needed to help assemble and design the quarterly newsletter, to reorganize and clean the Octagon House and to research and create new displays in the Knight-Sutton Museum. Those interested should call 542-7022.

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Town clerk authorized to perform marriages

Newstead Town Clerk Dawn Izydorczak has been given new responsibilities. The Town Board on Jan. 26 appointed her marriage officer, allowing her to perform weddings. The appointment, effective immediately, will expire Dec. 31. Izydorczak is also president of the Erie County Town Clerks Association.

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Health initiative focuses on prescription drugs

Helping people to better understand their prescription drugs and over-the-counter medications is the goal of a program highlighted Monday by city officials and health professionals.

The Prescription 4 Health initiative aims to enhance health literacy by having people focus on four issues. Health professionals in clinics and pharmacies are being urged to discuss with patients why they're taking a particular medication, how it should be administered, what factors they can look for to make sure it's working, and whom they should call if they have questions.

Deputy Mayor Donna M. Brown met with members of the Community Health Foundation Fellows Program and other partners to discuss the effort. The Northwest Buffalo Community Health Center, at 155 Lawn Ave., will be a focal point for the initiative. Five pharmacies, including four in Buffalo's Black Rock-Riverside neighborhood, will serve as pilot locations for the program.

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Community Missions given $25,000 for job training

NIAGARA FALLS -- Niagara County Legislators Jason J. Murgia, D-Niagara Falls, and Danny W. Sklarski, D-Town of Niagara, have delivered a $25,000 county check to Community Missions of Niagara.

The payment, approved Dec. 16 by the Legislature, comes from the county's share of the Seneca Niagara Casino slot machine revenues.

The money was earmarked for Community Missions' job retraining programs.

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