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Salmonella scare targets Marie Callender's entree

Area food retailers announced Friday that ConAgra Foods has issued a voluntary recall of Marie Callender's Cheesy Chicken and Rice single-serve frozen entrees.

The recall is in response to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's investigation of links between the product and 29 laboratory-confirmed cases of salmonella. Of 29 confirmed cases, eight have specifically reported eating the entree in April or May, just before they became ill.

The product identification is: Marie Callender's Cheesy Chicken & Rice White Meat Chicken and Broccoli over Rice Topped with Rich Cheddar Sauce, 13 ounces -- 2113150469. Each package is labeled with establishment number

"P-45" inside the USDA mark of inspection. Call the ConAgra Food hotline at 866-484-9610.

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Victorian Spirit Circles on tap July 10 in auditorium

LILY DALE -- Victorian Spirit Circles will be held at 8:15 p.m. July 10 in Lily Dale's historic 1883 auditorium.

This is the fourth year for the event, which hearkens back to the early days of spiritualism, when " mediumship" -- communication with the spiritual worlds -- occurred in a family home circle. Participants also will partake of elegant Victorian desserts and refreshments, and featured is the music of classical guitarist David Allen Coester. Seating is limited, and pre-registration is required.

All proceeds will go to support the preservation of the Marion H. Skidmore Library and its unique collection of books on the religion, science and philosophy of modern spiritualism.

July 10 also is Library Day. At 2:30 p.m. in the auditorium, recognition will be accorded several Lily Dale Assembly members who have authored or have been the subject of books. Those who are honored will be present after the program to meet members of the audience and do book-signings.

Visit www.lilydaleassembly.com or call (716) 595-8721.

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Moving Wall set to arrive Thursday in Batavia area

BATAVIA -- The Vietnam Veterans Moving Wall, a traveling memorial to those who lost their lives in the Vietnam War, will arrive at the VA Western New York Healthcare System at Batavia on Thursday morning with a motorcycle escort, officials announce.

The Ride for Pride, which will include state police, Genesee County sheriff's deputies and officers from Le Roy and Batavia, is open to all motorcycle groups. It will escort the Wall from the Batavia Holiday Inn at 7:20 a.m. to the Le Roy Hearth and Home Store, 7011 W. Main St., then back to the VA Medical Center at 222 Richmond Ave.

The Wall will be on display 24 hours a day from Thursday through June 28. Opening ceremonies at 5 p.m. Thursday will feature a keynote address by Vietnam veteran Patrick Welch, director of the Center for Veteran and Family Services at Daemen College.

There will be patriotic music at 12:45 p.m. June 26, a nondenominational church service at 2 p.m. June 27 and a closing ceremony at 1 p.m. Monday.

Military vehicles will be on display throughout the visit.

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