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>Residents urged to honor soldier killed in Iraq

LOCKPORT -- Renee Knight, chairwoman of the local group Partnership in Patriotism, called Tuesday for Lockport residents to silently line the streets for Pfc. Albert R. Jex's funeral procession Thursday morning to show their respect. She urged all who have them to bring American flags.

Jex's body is to be driven from Prudden & Kandt Funeral Home on Genesee Street between 10 and 10:30 a.m. Thursday, heading via Washburn and Main streets and East Avenue to Mount Olive Lutheran Church, 6965 Chestnut Ridge Road, for the 11 a.m. funeral. Burial will follow the service in nearby Cold Spring Cemetery.

Jex, who grew up in Lockport, was killed in Mosul, Iraq, on Feb. 9.
Meanwhile, Gov. David A. Paterson announced Tuesday that he is ordering flags at state government buildings across the state to fly at half-staff Thursday.
"His loss is a tragic reminder of the dangers our servicemen and women face overseas. His service and sacrifice to our nation will be honored and remembered forever," Paterson said in a prepared statement.

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>Hospital ceremony to honor pastor's 50 years

LEWISTON -- Mount St. Mary's Hospital will hold a ceremony Friday to honor the Rev. Glen Raybon -- who has served as pastor of Trinity Baptist Church in Niagara Falls for 50 years.

It is part of a celebration of Black History Month and will begin at 10:30 a.m. in the hospital cafeteria, 5300 Military Road.

The Mount St. Mary's Gospel Choir will perform. Following the ceremony, the hospital's nutrition services department will offer a meal featuring fried chicken, collard greens, black-eyed peas, macaroni and cheese, and other items.

A portion of the proceeds from the lunch and dinner will be given to the hospital's Mission Committee.

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