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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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Development agency gets $63,450 federal grant

JAMESTOWN -- Chautauqua Home Rehabilitation and Improvement Corp., which carries out community development projects countywide, has been awarded a federal grant of $63,450 from NeighborWorks America, Rep. Brian Higgins, D-Buffalo, and Jamestown Mayor Sam Teresi announced Monday.

They made the announcement on Falconer Street, where students from Youthbuild, the agency's youth education and job training program, are fixing up a vacant house.

Higgins helped obtain a $644,051 grant for Youthbuild in 2009, which rehabilitated two houses and helped 23 students earn their General Equivalency Diplomas. Six of them are attending college. The current federal budget cuts $102.5 million from Youthbuild and Job Corps programs nationwide.

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First phase completed in senior center upgrade

SINCLAIRVILLE -- The first phase of improvements to the Sinclairville Senior Center have been completed, Rep. Brian Higgins, D-Buffalo, announced during a visit to the facility Monday.

The project, funded by a $310,297 federal grant and managed by Chautauqua Home Rehabilitation and Improvement Corp., includes a wheelchair lift, bathroom upgrades and kitchen renovations to better accommodate food preparation for senior lunches and Meals on Wheels. More than 20,000 meals are prepared there annually.

Because bids came in lower than projected, CHRIC plans to go ahead with more improvements to the senior center, including a handicap ramp to the main dining room level, new energy-efficient lighting and a new exterior facade.

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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 programs such as Seeking Educational Equity and Diversity seminars.

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