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Aquarium, Niagara Hospice vie for new project money

LOCKPORT -- Niagara Hospice and the Aquarium of Niagara are entered in an online competition this month to try to win money for new projects.

Niagara Hospice is seeking a $250,000 grant to purchase a residence that could be converted into a facility to serve homeless veterans in need of hospice care. It's also trying to win $25,000 to buy a vehicle to provide transportation and delivery services for patients and their families.

The aquarium is trying for a $50,000 grant to construct a living coral reef exhibit.

The contest is sponsored by Pepsi-Cola, and the voting is at www.refresheverything.com. Visitors to the site may vote for each project once each day during January. Votes also can be cast via Facebook and text messaging. A person can vote as many as three times each day for each request.

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Resource Fair designed for developmentally disabled

Seventeen organizations serving the developmentally disabled and their families will be on hand for the Resource Fair from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday in Millennium Hotel, 2040 Walden Ave., Cheektowaga.

The fair, which is free to the public, is designed for students and others with disabilities who are transitioning to adulthood. Participating agencies provide service and support in employment, education, health, housing, self-advocacy and social/recreational. They include the Social Security Administration, Independent Living of WNY, Opportunities Unlimited of Niagara and Aspire of WNY.

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Showing of 1925 silent film to feature Mighty Wurlitzer

The 1925 silent film "The Lost World" will screen at 2 p.m. Jan. 16, with live accompaniment by organist Bruce Woody on the Mighty Wurlitzer Organ in Shea's Performing Arts Center.

The movie presentation, part of Perry's Ice Cream Free Family Film Series, will celebrate Shea's 85th anniversary. The film features pioneering stop-motion special effects by Willis O'Brien, who would later do so for "King Kong."

Free tickets are available one week prior at Wegmans customer service desks and at Shea's box office from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and 10 a.m to 2 p.m. Saturdays.

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Scoping session set Tuesday on aquatic nuisances study

An Army Corps of Engineers public scoping session on the Great Lakes and Mississippi River Interbasin Study will be held from 2 to 8 p.m. Tuesday in the Buffalo Conference Center, 2 Fountain Plaza.

The, meeting which will be duplicated in other communities, from Green Bay Wis., to New Orleans, is designed to gather input on issues to refine a study on preventing the spread of species considered nuisances between the Great Lakes and the Mississippi River.

The Tuesday meeting will feature identical three-hour presentations on the study, at 2:15 p.m. and 5:45 p.m., both followed by comment periods. The public scoping comment period concludes on March 31.

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