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Radio marathon serving up Easter hams for the needy

A radio marathon is being held from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. today to provide Easter hams for the needy through the Food Bank of Western New York.

DJ Jickster from 97 Rock will host "HAM-A-LOT," an ongoing performance featuring King Ham-a-lot and Queen Gertrude, in Russell's Steaks, Chops & More Restaurant, 6675 Transit Road, Lancaster.

Anyone dropping off a ham or a $10 donation or both will be entered in a drawing to win one of 12 deluxe weekends for two in Salvatore's Grand Hotel, including dinner in the restaurant next door. Restaurateur Russ Salvatore also promises to match all donations "ham for ham."


Pier closing to accommodate work to remove cable car

LEWISTON -- The fishing pier at the base of the New York Power Authority's Niagara Power Project will be closed to the public Wednesday and next Thursday so workers can remove a cable car that runs across the lower Niagara River from Lewiston to Queenston, Ont.

A 715-foot steel cable was installed in 1973 to monitor the flow of water in that section of the river.

Since other means are now used to monitor the water flow, the cable is no longer needed.

Access to the pier will be closed for safety. The U.S. Coast Guard will establish a boating perimeter in the river. The shoreline can still be accessed using the stairway at the lower fisherman's parking lot.


Stop the Violence Coalition launches monthly meetings

The Stop the Violence Coalition will begin a monthly Homicide Victim Support Group.

The first meeting will be held from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. today at Back to Basics, 1370 William St. Free and open to the public, the program is for people who have lost loved ones to homicides and senseless violence.

For information, contact Tracy Cooley at 818-4140.


Conservatives give Collins ballot line in November

Erie County Conservatives on Tuesday nominated County Executive Chris Collins for re-election, giving the Republican a strong advantage with the top minor party spot on the November ballot.

Though Democrat Mark C. Poloncarz, the county comptroller, was also expected to appear before the party's Executive Committee to seek support, Chairman Ralph C. Lorigo said Collins was the clear choice.

The decision centered around Collins' "business sense and his willingness to make hard decisions," Lorigo said.

"He is willing to do what the politicians will not," the chairman said.

Poloncarz is expected to gain the Democratic nomination later this spring and is also expected to make a strong bid for the Independence and Working Families nods.

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