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Officials to visit sites for veterans cemetery

WASHINGTON -- Federal officials Wednesday will visit three sites in Alden, along with sites in Akron, Le Roy and East Bethany, as they work to pick the location for Western New York's new veterans cemetery.

U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs officials will visit the six sites, which were chosen from among those suggested by property owners in response to a solicitation from the department.

Sen. Charles E. Schumer, D-N.Y., announced the site visits. The six sites fit within the parameters that call for the cemetery to be located in a place where it can serve both the Buffalo and Rochester areas. The Veterans Affairs Department has planned the cemetery to be located in a target area within seven miles of the New York State Thruway and within 20 miles to the east and west of the Town of Pembroke in Genesee County.

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Nominees sought for Senior of the Year

The Erie County Department of Senior Services is looking for nominees for its 2011 Senior of the Year. Nominees must be Erie County residents who have performed extraordinary personal achievements or community service since age 60.

In addition to name, address and birthdate, nominations should include a narrative of less than 300 words telling of the nominee's accomplishments and why they should get the award.

The review committee will look for leadership, innovation, creativity, contributions to the community or economy, difficulties overcome, work outside of paid employment and length of activity. Deadline for nominations is April 7. Send them to Senior of the Year, Advisory Board, Erie County Department of Senior Services, 95 Franklin St., Buffalo, NY 14202.

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Buffalo Seminary suggested for historic listings

Buffalo Seminary has been recommended to the State and National Registers of Historic Places by the State Board for Historic Preservation. It will be listed on the State Register once it is approved by the State Historic Preservation Officer and is then nominated to the National Register for review.

The Collegiate Gothic building on Bidwell Parkway was designed in 1909 by Boston architect George F. Newton, with later additions by Bley and Lyman and Duane Lyman and Associates. The school is Western New York's only non-sectarian, independent, college-preparatory school for girls and was the backdrop for Lauren Belfer's acclaimed "City of Light."

"We are thrilled by this news," said Jody Douglass, head of school.

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Diversity program given grant for $12,500

The Buffalo Independent Secondary Schools Network Diversity and Community Engagement Program received a $12,500 grant from the Community Foundation for Greater Buffalo.

The program will be able to continue to provide secondary school students opportunities to engage in diversity and social justice-based seminars and leadership conferences.

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