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Three Kaleida Health unions OK contract extension

The three unions representing the majority of employees at Kaleida Health agreed Friday to extend the contract to June 27.

The contract had been set to expire at midnight Friday. The original contract expired May 31. In the meantime, negotiations continue between the company and three unions bargaining collectively -- Local 1168, Communications Workers of America; 1199 Service Employees International Union; and the International Union of Operating Engineers.

Earlier this week, the unions agreed to bring a strike authorization to a vote on June 28. Kaleida has 8,000 employees.

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Headquarters ceremony sees seven get promotions

Seven members of the Buffalo Police Department were promoted Friday in a ceremony at Buffalo Police Headquarters.

Officers Sean P. Phillips, Melinda M. Jones, Aaron V. Young and Thomas R. Whelan were elevated to the rank of lieutenant. Officers Mark K. LoCicero, William J. Gambino and Vatasha L. Tibbs-Watkins were promoted to detective. Whelan, a Marine reservist, also was recently promoted to master gunnery sergeant with the 25th Marine Regiment.

Mayor Byron W. Brown and Police Commissioner Daniel Derenda praised the department's accomplishments.

"Homicides are down 25 percent from this time last year and overall crime is down 18 percent," Brown said. "We have a department that can be matched with any department in the country."

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Board OKs appointments, borrowing for new vehicles

The Eden School Board this week approved personnel appointments, including supplemental activity advisers and coaches, and restored the modified track coach position, which had been cut in the recently passed budget for 2011-12.

The board also voted to authorize borrowing for the $159,475 bond resolution that was approved in the May budget vote for the purchase of district vehicles.

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Erie, Niagara counties sites make list of 12 new itineraries

Several sites in Erie and Niagara counties are among the 12 new Great Lakes Seaway Trail itineraries that were distributed recently at the Travel Association of America's International Pow Wow Marketplace meeting in San Francisco.

The annual event, attracting more than 1,500 domestic and international travel buyers from 70 countries, generates more than $3.5 billion in future U.S. travel expenditures.

The itineraries vary in length from one-afternoon trips to a nine-day bicycling tour. Some of the itineraries are time-limited; others are available anytime for do-it-yourself drivers. One is an escorted two-nation group tour to War of 1812 sites in New York, Pennsylvania, Ontario and Quebec.

The itineraries are posted online at www.seawaytrail.com/roadtrips. The Seaway Trail is a 518-mile-long National Scenic Byway.

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