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Komen foundation gives $5,000 to Kevin Guest House

The Western New York affiliate of Susan G. Komen for the Cure has awarded Kevin Guest House a $5,000 grant to sponsor lodging for out-of-town breast cancer patients who travel to Buffalo for treatment.

The grant will support the Susan G. Komen Lodging Scholarship that will provide up to 200 nights of lodging, meals and care for breast cancer patients who and their families.

Serving as the nation's first hospital hospitality house providing for families who live 40 or more miles outside of Buffalo, Kevin Guest House has hosted more than 2,400 breast cancer patients since 1991 and welcomed more than 40,000 guests since being founded in 1972.


Opportunities Unlimited to benefit from doughnut sale

NIAGARA FALLS -- Tim Hortons Cafe & Bake Shops in Niagara County have created a distinctive sprinkled doughnut to help raise money for the nonprofit Opportunities Unlimited of Niagara.

The "Opportunities Unlimited Doughnut" is a traditional Vanilla Dip doughnut topped with blue and white sprinkles to represent Opportunities Unlimited of Niagara's signature colors.

It will be available today through Sunday and will cost 85 cents. The proceeds will go directly to Opportunities Unlimited, which provides programs and services to people of all ages with developmental disabilities.

Tim Hortons locations in Lockport, Niagara Falls, North Tonawanda and Wheatfield are participating.


Youth Bureau will hold free 'Movies in the Park'

The Town of Clarence Youth Bureau will hold free "Movies in the Park" Sunday and Aug. 14 in Meadowlakes Park, 8550 Clarence Center Road.

Sunday, the movie will be "Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs." On Aug. 14, the movie will be "Shrek Forever After."

Events kick off at 7 p.m. with activities like face-painting and Kan-Jam. Movies start at dusk. People attending are asked to bring blankets and chairs. Snacks will be sold before and during the movie. For information, call 407-2162.


New Center Street Bridge scheduled to open today

SALAMANCA -- The state Department of Transportation says the new Route 353 Center Street Bridge over the Allegany River will open today.

Traffic will resume both northbound and southbound. However, construction crews are expected to remain on the job for several weeks, and motorists are reminded that fines are doubled for speeding in a work zone.

The former bridge was completed in 1940 and demolished in May 2010 to make way for the new $12.7 million structure. The new four-pier bridge will feature bicycle lanes and sidewalks on each side of the bridge and a public-access fishing pier on the west side.

It marks the first time in four years the bridge has been open for two-way traffic, having had several one-lane restrictions since 2007 due to deterioration. A ceremony to dedicate the reopened bridge is expected to be announced in the near future.

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