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Resigned Rep. Lee makes first public appearance

Former Rep. Chris Lee, who disappeared from view after he abruptly resigned from Congress on Feb. 9, made his first public appearance Tuesday.

On behalf of the Patrick P. Lee Foundation, Lee and his wife, Michele, presented a grant of $10,000 to Upstate New York Transplant Services in UNYTS offices in downtown Buffalo. The grant will be used in a program in which UNYTS provides tissue samples to Roswell Park Cancer Institute for research.

The foundation, which supports health and human service agencies, was set up by Lee's father with proceeds from the 2007 sale of his business, International Motion Control.

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Voting results released in Allegany, South Dayton

LITTLE VALLEY -- Republican newcomers emerged victorious Tuesday in village elections to defeat two incumbent Democrat trustees on the Allegany Village Board for four-year terms.

According to unofficial results from the Cattaraugus County Board of Elections, Alexander P. Nazemetz polled 137, and Robert Parker, 126 to defeat Democrats Diana Rzepka, 66, and Charles Fortuna, 56.

In South Dayton, Trustees Dennis Ackley, D, 36, and Lynn Rupp, R, 32, were re-elected for two years, turning back a challenge from Barbara J. Butcher, D, 26.

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Services set Friday, Saturday in canonization bid for Baker

The Catholic Diocese of Buffalo will mark Father Nelson Baker's new status as a "venerable" with a solemn vespers service Friday and a Mass of thanksgiving Saturday.

Both events will be in Our Lady of Victory Basilica, 767 Ridge Road.

The vespers service will run from 7 to 7:45 p.m. Friday, with Bishop Edward U. Kmiec and Monsignor Paul J.E. Burkard, vice postulator of Father Baker's cause for canonization, presiding.

The Mass will be at noon Saturday, with Kmiec, Burkard, Auxiliary Bishop Edward M. Grosz, Bishop of Syracuse Robert J. Cunningham, Bishop of Erie Donald W. Trautman, Bishop John O'Mara of the Diocese of St. Catharines and priests and deacons from across the Buffalo diocese in attendance.

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Congress for New Urbanism coming to Buffalo in 2014

Buffalo has been selected to host the Congress for the New Urbanism's annual conference in June 2014.

The organization promotes livable streets in walkable, compact blocks, mixed-use development and mass transit, while opposing sprawl. The decision to come to Buffalo followed a presentation to the organization's board of directors in Chicago on Friday by George Grasser and Bill Tuyn of the Partners for a Livable Western New York, and Lori White of the Buffalo Niagara Convention and Visitors Bureau.

The organization's average conference attracts more than 1,500 attendees and has an estimated economic impact of $1.2 million, according to the CVB. Buffalo also is hosting the National Trust for Historic Preservation's 2011 annual conference in October.

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