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Whole wheat flour removed from Tops shelves

Tops Friendly Markets has removed from its shelves Arrowhead Mills Organic Stone Ground Whole Wheat Flour in two-pound bags with a lot code of 06OCT09, as part of a manufacturer's recall, the supermarket chain announced Friday.

The product could contain an undeclared dairy allergen, which could cause severe reactions in people allergic to milk protein. The company said that no illnesses related to the product have been reported.

The recall involves the unit UPC No. 74333-47242. For more information call (800) 749-0730.

Customers who purchased the product with the corresponding lot code and UPC number may return it to Tops for a full refund.

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Funds will be used to hire preservation specialist

Preservation Buffalo Niagara, which formed less than six months ago, announced Wednesday it has been awarded a three-year, $117,500 matching grant from the National Trust for Historic Preservation.

The funds, along with those provided by the Robert W. Wilson Charitable Trust, will be used to hire a full-time preservation specialist for Western New York.

As part of the grant, two state organizations, the Preservation League of New York State and the Preservation Bureau of the state Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation, will join the National Trust in providing support and assistance.

The Community Foundation for Greater Buffalo will provide $35,000 for the full matching requirement for the first year.

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Local journalists group offering scholarships

Undergraduates interested in journalism, as well as professional journalists seeking additional academic training, can now apply for college and graduate school scholarships for the 2009-10 academic year.

The Greater Buffalo International Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists has awarded 13 scholarships worth $17,000 during the last three years and 115 scholarships valued at $100,750 since the program began in 1978.

Applicants must be residents of Western New York, northwestern Pennsylvania or southern Ontario and attend an accredited college that offers courses to enhance journalism education. They must be working journalists or prospective college juniors, seniors or graduate students. Nonresident students attending colleges in Western New York are also invited to apply.

Evidence of competence in writing or broadcasting and related journalistic skills is especially desirable. So is an explanation of financial need. Applicants must include a brief statement outlining their commitment to a career in journalism, along with letters of recommendation.

Applications must be filed by April 30. To obtain an application, send a self-addressed, stamped envelope to Annemarie Franczyk, secretary of the scholarship fund, at 858 Fillmore Ave., Buffalo, NY 14212. For information, call Franczyk at 878-5900. She can also be reached by e-mail at amfranczyk@verizon.net.

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