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> CONDITION UPDATE

Pregnant woman hit by car is out of drug-induced coma

The pregnant South Buffalo woman struck last month by a hit-and-run driver while crossing the street outside Mercy Hospital is no longer in a drug-induced coma, according to her husband, Mark Venezia.

Venezia said Friday evening that his wife, Lynette, 44, remained at the hospital receiving treatment for injuries she received in the 8 a.m. May 17 incident but took exception with Friday reports in other media that the couples' unborn child was in peril.

"The baby had a strong heartbeat this morning -- 147," said Venezia, also 44. "I got to listen to it and it made my day, actually."

Venezia said his wife came out of the coma "a couple weeks ago."

The suspect who struck her, Andrew Siwy, 35, was charged with felony leaving the scene of a serious injury accident and remains free on $50,000 bail pending a future date in court.

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> ERIE COUNTY

Wendt, Bennett beaches set for season debut today

Erie County's Wendt and Bennett beaches open today and will be open from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily throughout the summer.

County Executive Chris Collins announced the opening Friday, saying workers are replenishing the sand at Wendt to make it less rocky, and said the Health Department will check water quality at least twice a week and more frequently after heavy rain.

Parks Commissioner Jim Hornung said the beaches will be groomed almost daily. Fourteen lifeguards have been hired, and county sheriff's mounted patrols will make random checks this summer to ensure safety.

Wendt is in Derby and Bennett is in Angola. There is no admission fee.

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> CARROUSEL MUSEUM

Research being conducted on expansion of exhibit

NORTH TONAWANDA -- The Herschell Carrousel Factory Museum is conducting research on a new exhibit, "The Herschell-Spillman Motor Company -- The Pick of the Field," and is interested in learning more about those who worked there.

The Herschell companies were a major employer in the city. The different divisions employed carvers, wood workers, foundry workers, sheet metal workers, engineers, designers, artists, painters, machinists, mechanics and electricians.

Exhibit researchers ask former workers or their family members to visit the museum from noon to 4 p.m. on Sunday, for "Former Employee Day."

For more information, call 693-1885.

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> DONATION

Family Justice Center gets $3,500 from annual walk

The Asian Indian Community Foundation of Western New York has presented the Family Justice Center with a donation of $3,500. The funds come from proceeds raised at the foundation's annual Mother's Day Walk on the Ellicott Creek Trailway in Amherst.

Each year the foundation asks walk participants to make a donation that is given to an agency that provides services to the victims of domestic violence.

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