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>Scholarship ceremony to be rescheduled

The rescheduled ceremony for a Canisius High School scholarship given in the memory of an alumnus who died in the 9/1 1 terror attacks will be held within the next couple of weeks.

The ceremony for the Sean Rooney Memorial Scholarship was postponed Friday because Rooney's widow, Beverly Eckert, was among those killed in the crash of Continental Flight 3407.

The scholarship was established in 2002 by Eckert, with support of friends and family. Eckert was traveling to Buffalo to participate in the ceremony.

Canisius students are on break this week, but the event will be held sometime after they return, said Jonathan J. Musialowski, the school's director of marketing and communications. The exact date has not been set.

This year, the winners of the four-year scholarship are twin brothers, Daniel M. and Joseph P. Sullivan, who are eighth-graders at the Catholic Academy of West Buffalo.

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>Nominations sought for preservation awards

Preservation Buffalo Niagara has issued a call for nominations of exemplary historic preservation projects in Western New York.

Projects are being sought that illustrate excellence in restoration, rehabilitation, adaptive reuse, stewardship, landscape preservation and compatible new construction.

Individuals and organizations can be nominated along with craftsmen, preservation leaders, neighborhood and preservation organizations and others fostering historic preservation.

Nominations are due next Wednesday, with winners to be announced at a May 8 luncheon. For more information, go online to www.buffalotours.org or call 852-3300.

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>Channels 29, 49 stop analog broadcasts

The local Fox and MyNetwork affiliates, WUTV and WNYO, were set to drop their analog signals and broadcast exclusively with a digital signal as of midnight Tuesday.

The stations airing on Channels 29 and 49 planned to drop their analog signal today, the original deadline for all U.S. stations to begin broadcasting solely with a digital signal.

However, Congress agreed to extend the digital TV conversion deadline to June 12, and most other local stations will continue to broadcast in both analog and digital signals.

WKBW Channel 7, WIVB Channel 4 and WNLO Channel 23 initially planned to drop their analog signals before deciding they will wait. WGRZ Channel 2 had said early on that it would abide by the new deadline.

When the analog signal is shut off, older analog TV sets that use an antenna to receive over-the-air broadcasts will need a converter box to receive a digital signal.

People who subscribe to cable or satellite TV will not be affected.

Despite publicity for the switchover, officials estimate that millions of TV viewers still weren't prepared for the end of analog broadcasting. Visit www.dtv.gov for details.

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