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Federal grant will help breast cancer outreach

A Buffalo agency is one of 10 statewide that has been awarded a Department of Health grant to provide free outreach services for those with breast cancer.

LEWAC Associates of Western New York will use the $39,000 grant to provide education, counseling and other support services.

"The key is bringing people together in comfortable, familiar settings while being sensitive to their cultural heritage," said Catherine Lewis-Smith, CEO and executive director of the nonprofit health education agency at 135 Grant St. "So it is important to bring programs to the community, if at all possible. By doing so, you remove more barriers than you think."

The award is part of the Health Department's effort to increase the number of facilities providing access to such free services, which help patients and their families cope with the physical and mental stress of breast cancer.

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Free luncheon seminars focus on Asian history

A free luncheon seminar series on "Law, Society and Culture in Asian History," will begin in March at the University at Buffalo.

The seminars will be held March 3, March 17, March 31 and April 7 in 509 O'Brian Hall on the UB North Campus in Amherst. Lunch will begin at 11:30 a.m., followed by talks from noon to 1 p.m.

The series is sponsored by the University at Buffalo Asian Studies Program and the Baldy Center for Law and Social Policy in the UB Law School.

For more information, go to www.law.buffalo.edu/baldycenter.

Advanced registration is required. Those interested should call 645-2102.

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Community Marketplace scheduled for Feb. 28

Orchard Park's annual Community Marketplace, a showcase for local merchants with entertainment all day, will be held from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Feb. 28 in Orchard Park High School.

This year's event will feature a pet fashion show, karate demonstration and autograph signing by Buffalo Bills linebacker Jon Corto.

More than 70 local businesses will have displays, according the Orchard Park Chamber of Commerce, the event's organizer. More information is available on its Web site, www.orchardparkchamber.com

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Presidents Day closings

This is how the following area offices and services will be affected Monday by the Presidents Day holiday.

City Court .... Closed
County courts .... Closed
State courts .... Closed
Federal courts .... Closed
City offices .... Closed
County offices .... Closed
State offices .... Closed
Federal offices .... Closed
Post Office .... Closed
Schools .... Closed
Banks .... Closed
Most stores .... Open
Metro Bus, Rail .... Regular
City garbage .... Regular

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