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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.

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Niagara County wins grant from food and shelter board

The Emergency Food and Shelter National Board Program has selected Niagara County to receive $96,798 this year.

Locally, the United Way of Greater Niagara will work with a local board to determine how the funds are awarded locally. Governmental and private nonprofit groups are eligible.

The deadline for qualifying organizations to apply for funds is noon on Aug. 8. For more information, call the United Way at 285-8461 or 434-1190.

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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.

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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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