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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, woodworkers, 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." If you bring information -- including name, dates, job information or position, photos to be scanned -- your item of information will be your ticket for free admission.

The museum is at 180 Thompson St.; for more information, call 693-1885.

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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."

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> PUBLIC EVENT

Buster Bison to be on hand at Castellani baseball exhibit

LEWISTON -- Buster Bison will visit the Castellani Art Museum of Niagara University as part of "A Celebration of America's Pastime," from 2 to 5 p.m. Sunday.

The family-friendly event is being held in conjunction with the museum's exhibition "Fields of Dreams: North American Baseball Stadiums," by photographer Jim Dow.

The museum plans an afternoon of fun for baseball lovers of all ages, with an old-fashioned hot dog cookout, baseball-themed raffle prizes and a curator's talk about the exhibition. Local writer Ed Adamczyk will emcee as local authors share stories, writings and memories America's Pastime.

Admission is $5 for adults and $3 for children under 12, which includes snacks, a ticket for the door prize drawing and a baseball card of your choice.

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> CONCERT

Pipes and drums corps to have outdoor workshop

LOCKPORT -- The MacKenzie Highland Pipes and Drums corps will conduct a workshop outdoors at 5 p.m. today, followed by a concert at 7 p.m. on the lawn of Second Presbyterian Church, 71 Van Buren St.

Lil' Robins Restaurant will provide dinner at 6. The corps primarily is a novice teaching band, and participates in 15 to 20 performances a year.

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