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> HOUSEHOLD SAFETY

Kenmore Mercy hosting pharmaceutical drop-off

Kenmore Mercy Hospital, in conjunction with Catholic Health Go Green and Erie County, is hosting a community pharmaceutical drop-off program for unused household medications from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday.

Residents are encouraged to bring their expired, unused or unwanted prescription and over-the-counter medications to the hospital at 2950 Elmwood Ave., Town of Tonawanda. Participants should enter from Military Road to the rear of the hospital.

"We want to prevent unused portions of prescription medications from ending up in garbage dumps, polluting the water, or ending up in the hands of our children," said Frank Heinrich, a pharmacist at Kenmore Mercy Hospital. "We also want to teach people how to properly dispose of their unused medications."

To learn more about proper disposal of medications, visit www.dontflushyourdrugs.net or call 858-6800, option 3.

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> NORTH TONAWANDA

Member of Rep. Lee's staff to hold office hours

NORTH TONAWANDA -- A member of the staff of Rep. Chris Lee, R-Clarence, will hold office hours from 3:30 to 5 p.m. Wednesday in North Tonawanda Public Library, 505 Meadow Drive.

No appointment is necessary for the satellite office hours. Constituents may bring problems they have with federal agencies or sound off on national issues.

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> SCAJAQUADA EXPRESSWAY

Two public workshops set on transforming roadway

Two public workshops will be held to examine the feasibility of transforming the Scajaquada Expressway to a regular roadway, the state Department of Transportation announced.

The DOT is working with the Federal Highway Administration on the public design workshops. The first meeting will be held from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Wednesday in the Burchfield Penney Art Center, 1300 Elmwood Ave. This discussion will focus on the segment from the Niagara Thruway to Elmwood Avenue.

The second workshop will be held from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Nov. 4 at St. Mary's School for the Deaf, 2253 Main St. This meeting will focus on the section of the expressway between Parkside Avenue and the Kensington Expressway.

For information, call Craig Mozrall, assistant regional design engineer at 847-3033 or write to the state Department of Transportation, 100 Seneca St., Buffalo, NY 14203 and reference Project Identification Number 5470.22.

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> FAMILY JUSTICE CENTER

$80,000 state grant to fund elder-abuse prevention

The Family Justice Center of Erie County has received an $80,000 grant from the state Office of Children and Family Services' William B. Hoyt Memorial Children and Family Trust Fund to conduct an elder-abuse awareness and prevention campaign. This marks the second year in a row that the center has received the grant.

More than 1,500 cases of elder abuse are reported each year in Erie County, but officials believe as many as four out of five cases of elder abuse and/or neglect go unreported.

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