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$1 million gift goes to School of Pharmacy

A $1 million gift has been given to the University at Buffalo School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences, UB officials announced Thursday.

The gift from Faye Panasci, the namesake of the pharmacy chain Fay's Drugs, will fund the atrium at the new Pharmacy School on the UB South Campus on Main Street. Her husband, Henry Jr., and father-in-law, Henry Sr., graduated from UB and co-founded the Fay's drugstore chain, which began in 1958 with the first store in Syracuse.

"Knowing how important the Pharmacy School was to Henry and his father, I am delighted to be able to support the construction of the new building and the future of the school," Faye Panasci said.

Both father and son provided money to their alma mater for scholarships for pharmacy students. In 1999, Henry Panasci Jr. gave $1 million to UB to create the annual technology entrepreneurship competition that bears his name.

UB will name the atrium the Panasci Atrium. UB is planning to move the Pharmacy School to the former Acheson Hall on the South Campus, now named John Kapoor Hall. It will be a $70 million overhaul, thanks to $46 million in state money.

The renovated building is scheduled to be completed in 2011.


Veterans agency director to discuss family benefits

OLEAN -- John B. Sampson, Cattaraugus County Veterans Service Agency director, will meet with veterans and their families to discuss benefits, health care and other concerns in a series of sessions planned during March.

Sampson will be on hand from 10 a.m. to noon March 5 in the Gowanda American Legion Post, 100 Legion Drive.. He also will be available from 10 a.m. to noon March 11 in the Randolph American Legion Post and from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. March 31 in the Franklinville town clerk's office, 11 Park Square.

Veterans also are invited to meet with Sampson in the county's Little Valley office building at 1 Leo Moss Drive from 1 to 3:30 Thursday afternoons, except the third Thursday of each month.

Veterans also may visit his office in the County Building in Olean, at 303 Court St., from 9 a.m. to noon and from 1 to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday, except for legal holidays. To confirm Sampson's availability, veterans are advised to call his office in advance at 701-3298.


$8.5 million to aid groups that assist the homeless

Area organizations that assist the homeless are in line for $8.5 million from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.

The money will be distributed in the form of "continuum of care" and emergency shelter grants. The competitive HUD grants are part of $1.5 billion to be awarded nationwide, of which $170 million will go to more than 300 New York State service programs, including nearly $30 million in Albany, Syracuse, Buffalo and Rochester.

"We must focus substantial resources to help those struggling to find stable housing," HUD Secretary Shaun Donovan said.

The grants offer "a critical lifeline" to individuals and families who might otherwise have to live on the streets, he said.

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