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Sheehan to start work on outpatient department

The Sheehan Health Network announced it will begin renovations this month for a new primary care outpatient department.

The project, expected to cost a little more than $2 million, also includes expansion of the hospital's front entrance and first floor, officials said. The lobby will be modified to create three waiting areas, as well as an area for a concierge to help patients find their way through the admission process.

The outpatient department will be built where the former surgical wing of the hospital is now located -- all part of a plan to create what officials are calling a "patient-centered medical home" within the facility on Michigan Avenue.

Sheehan currently offers primary and preventive medical care, diagnostic services and such specialty services as inpatient and outpatient alcohol and substance addiction treatment.

Much of the funding for the project came from a state grant, an official said.

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Auditions planned for new orchestra

Musicians are invited to audition for the Buffalo State College Philharmonia, a new community orchestra to be directed by Paul Ferington, resident conductor for the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra. The Philharmonia's first concert is planned for November.

Previous experience in an orchestral ensemble is preferred. Continuing education credits are available for educators. Rehearsals will be on Monday nights beginning next week in Rockwell Hall at the Buffalo State campus. For audition information, see the link for ensembles at www.buffalostate.edu/music.

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First week of school limited to cold lunches

Blasdell Elementary will serve only cold sandwich meals, including milk, for lunches during the first week of school. The Frontier Central School District starts the academic year Wednesday.

The problem stems from a renovation project involving the school's kitchen floor. Each day, students will have a choice of the sandwich of the day, or peanut butter and jelly.

Breakfast and lunch will be available each day. For questions, contact the food service office at 926-1702.

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Residents can drop off hazardous household waste

Erie County and the City of Buffalo are hosting a household hazardous waste drop-off day from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at a South Buffalo business.

The free event will be held at Honeywell Buffalo Research Laboratory, 20 Peabody St., between Perry and Elk streets.

Participants, who must be Erie County residents, will have to enter the facility from Elk Street and certify that their items came from a household.

Acceptable items include oil-based paints, pesticides, fertilizers, solvents, household or pool chemicals and rechargeable batteries.

For information on what will and won't be accepted at the event, call the county's Household Hazardous Waste 24-hour Hotline at 858-6800, or visit www.erie.gov/environment/compliance.

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