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Discount card will save residents up to 50% on drugs

BATAVIA -- A prescription drug discount card with savings up to 50 percent will be provided to residents of Genesee County beginning this week.

Mary Pat Hancock, chairwoman of the County Legislature, announced Saturday that 25,000 Genesee County Prescription Drug Discount cards will be mailed this week.

Users may save 10 to 50 percent depending on the medication and the brand.

Hancock said while the card will be of most benefit to those lacking insurance, all county residents are eligible to participate regardless of age or income.

The program -- now available in 39 counties in the state -- is run by ProAct Inc., a division of Kinney Drug.

It is provided at no cost to the county or taxpayers according to Hancock, who added, "Local government continues to find new ways to save our residents money."

Users need only to present the card along with a new prescription or refill to receive savings.


National Grid will perform service work on Tuesday

National Grid crews on Tuesday will be working in the Wyoming County communities of Orangeville and Wethersfield to correct problems that have been affecting service to some customers.

As a result, customers will experience one or more brief power outages that will last a few minutes as crews work to resolve those issues.

The work is scheduled to begin at about 8:30 a.m. and should be completed by noon.

About 690 customers will be affected and are being notified directly by National Grid via a recorded telephone message.


Chinese New Year observance to be held at UB North

The University at Buffalo Confucius Institute, in partnership with the Chinese Club of Western New York, will present a Chinese New Year celebration from 3 to 6 p.m. on Feb. 5 in the Center for the Arts on the UB North Campus in Amherst.

The celebration, which is free and open to the public, will feature lively music, colorful dance and other performances by members of the Chinese Club.

"Chinese New Year, also called the Spring Festival, is the most important of the traditional Chinese holidays," said Kristin Stapleton, director of the Confucius Institute and the UB Asian Studies Program. "We are excited to be collaborating with the Chinese Club for this festive celebration, since our two organizations share the goal of increasing understanding about China in Western New York."

Following the performance, a dinner will be held at Imperial Buffet, 2122 George Urban Blvd., near Dick Road, Depew.

The dinner, which will feature traditional Chinese New Year delicacies and entertainment, will begin at 6:30 p.m. and continue until midnight.

Dinner tickets must be purchased in advance and prices range from $8 to $22. For further information on ticket purchase, visit

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