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>Panel to conduct hearing on proposed bottle bill

State Sen. Antoine M. Thompson, D-Buffalo, and the Senate Standing Committee on Environmental Conservation will hold a public hearing on the proposed "Bigger Better Bottle Bill" from 10 a.m. to noon next Friday in the Buffalo & Erie County Historical Society, 25 Nottingham Court.

The bill would require that, like bottles and cans for carbonated soft drinks, water bottles and beverage containers for sports drinks and other noncarbonated beverages also be redeemable.

The Committee on Environmental Conservation will accept both oral and written testimony regarding a bill requiring a deposit on all beverage containers.


>American Cancer Society extends Daffodil Days

The American Cancer Society's Daffodil Days sale has been extended until Thursday, organizers report.

Bunches of fresh-cut daffodils and potted daffodils are $10, with the "Gift of Hope" -- a large bouquet of daffodils donated anonymously to a health care facility -- available for $25. While supplies last, there also is a limited-edition Daffodil Days Boyd's Bear with a bunch of daffodils for $25. For information, call (800) 227-2345 or visit

Orders for daffodils are being taken in businesses, schools, churches and community organizations. The flowers can be picked up on March 16. Delivery is available for qualified orders.


>Senior nutrition programs awarded more than $32,000

Checks totaling more than $32,000 have been awarded to more than 20 area senior nutrition programs by the Meals on Wheels Foundation of Western New York and Wilson Farms.

The money was donated in November during the "Step Up to the Plate" fundraising program at Wilson Farms, Sugarcreek and Wilson Farms Xpress Stores throughout Western New York. Customers bought "plate logos" for a dollar to support the program.

"This campaign is about keeping donors' money in their own community, while helping seniors receive daily nutrition," says Benjamin A. Gair III, chief executive officer of the Meals on Wheels Foundation.


>Deadline Monday to enter lottery for boat slips

Monday is the deadline to try to get on the waiting list for seasonal boat slips at Big Six Mile Creek and Beaver Island marinas, with a public lottery scheduled Thursday.

Applications are available at the Beaver Island State Park office, 2136 W. Oakfield Road, Grand Island, between 8 a.m. and 4:15 p.m. today and Monday. Applications delivered or postmarked after Monday won't be accepted.

A completed application, copy of the current boat registration and a $5 nonrefundable fee are required to be eligible for the lottery, which will be held at 10 a.m. Thursday at the park office. A waiting list will be established for slips not reclaimed from the previous season.

For more information, call the park office at 773-3271.

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