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Multiple events to surround Vietnam Veterans Wall

BATAVIA -- Motorcycle groups and area police agencies will take part in the "Ride for Pride" accompanying the Vietnam Veterans Moving Wall as it arrives Thursday for a four-day stay at the VA Western New York Healthcare System, 222 Richmond Ave. The Wall will be open to the public 24 hours a day, and military vehicles will be on display.

The motorcycle caravan 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 return to the VA Medical Center at about 8:30 a.m.

An opening ceremony is planned for 5 p.m. Thursday. Patrick Welch, a Vietnam War veteran and director of the Center for Veteran and Family Services at Daemen College, will be keynote speaker. Chapter 77, Vietnam Veterans of America, will present the Missing Man Table, which honors missing servicemen from the war.

The Ghost Riders brass band will perform patriotic songs at 12:45 p.m. Saturday, followed by a brief address from Silver Star and Bronze Star recipient David Bellavia. VA chaplains Robert Chambers and Ivan Trujillo will lead a nondenominational church service at the site at 2 p.m. Sunday. Closing ceremonies will be held at 1 p.m. Monday.

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Rich Products recalling Bavarian Cream Filling

Rich Products Corp. of Buffalo is recalling its Allen Bavarian Cream Filling because the product contains pecans, milk and coconut, which are not listed on the label and could cause harm those who have an allergy or severe sensitivity to the ingredients.

The filling, which is sold to food service distributors and is used by in-store bakeries around the country. It is not packaged for retail distribution.

For more information, contact Rich's Product Helpline at (800) 356-7094 between 8:30 a.m. and 5 p.m.

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Lanes to reopen on part of Hopkins Road soon

Both lanes of Hopkins Road south of Smith Road in Amherst will reopen this summer, or within the next few weeks, Erie County Legislator Edward A. Rath III, R-Amherst, said Monday.

The county Department of Public Works and the county Soil and Water District began work last week on the Bio-Technical Stabilization Beta Project, which installs plants with strong and aggressive roots to bear into the soil along Ransom Creek's bank and allow the affected section south of Smith to be repaved. Hopkins Road north of Smith Road is undergoing more extensive improvements that will not be complete this summer, Rath said.

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Corps of Engineers to hold meeting on cleanup projects

LEWISTON -- The Army Corps of Engineers will host a public meeting on the environmental investigation and cleanup projects at World War II-era sites in Lewiston and Porter.

The session is scheduled from 6 to 8:45 p.m. Wednesday in the Lewiston Senior Center, 4361 Lower River Road, Lewiston.

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