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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 was set up by Lee's father with proceeds from the 2007 sale of his business, International Motion Control.

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Maziarz district office returning to Lockport

LOCKPORT -- State Sen. George D. Maziarz will be moving his district office back to Lockport as of April 1, Maziarz aide Glenn S. Aronow said Wednesday.

Maziarz, R-Newfane, will set up shop on the Walnut Street side of Ulrich City Centre in a two-story suite recently vacated by accountant Scott A. Cain.

Maziarz'S office has been located since 2004 on Niagara Falls Boulevard in Wheatfield. Before that, he had space on Professional Parkway in Lockport.

The telephone number for the new office has not yet been assigned, said Aronow, who noted a Lockport office is more centrally located in Maziarz'S district.

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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 prayer 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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Planning Board votes, 5-1, to OK Tim Hortons shop

LOCKPORT -- The town Planning Board voted, 5-1, Wednesday to approve plans for a new Tim Hortons at 6393 Robinson Road.

The opposition came from board member Scott Carlson, who worried about dangers to pedestrians on the busy road, which has no sidewalks but has wide shoulders. He said a traffic study estimated five or six extra crossings of the road per day.

"That's about 1,800 crossings per year," Carlson said. "I think it carries undue risk."

"There's not much [Tim Hortons] can do about it," board Chairman Richard Forsey replied.

The business is expected to open in August.

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