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Bills foundation gives $2,500 to Challenged Athletes group

A $2,500 grant from the Buffalo Bills Youth Foundation has been awarded to the Boys & Girls Clubs of the Northtowns for its Challenged Athletes Participating in Sports program.

The program provides athletic activities and opportunities for children and young adults with special needs.

What began in 1990 as a baseball program has been expanded to include soccer, basketball and broom hockey, as well as recreational programs such as a social club and dances.

The Buffalo Bills Youth Foundation awarded grants to more than 58 charitable organizations in the area this year.

Since its inception in 1986, the foundation has contributed more than $3 million to support the Western New York community.

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People Inc. center wins national recognition

People Inc.'s Elmwood Health Center will spend the next three years recognized as a Physician Practice Connections -- Patient Centered Medical Home.

The National Commission for Quality Assurance awarded the recognition based on the center's use of information systems to improve clinical outcomes.

EHC added electronic medical records technology about a year ago that now is routinely used by all of providers at the center.

A multitude of studies call for more use of information technology in health care, a demand that is being met at EHC with electronic medical records technology, People Inc. officials said.

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Guidelines will be set on mobile stage rental

The Village of Lancaster plans to draft guidelines for the rental of the village's mobile stage by outside groups and members of the public.

The Village Board twice in the past two months received requests to rent the mobile stage, which is transported in a trailer and was purchased by the village for $7,100.

Village Trustee William C. Schroeder researched rental issues such as preventing damage to the stage, ensuring village employees won't be paid overtime to set up and take down the stage and restricting its use to Lancaster residents.

Board members at a work session preceding Monday's full board meeting directed Village Attorney Arthur A. Herdzik to draft the formal rental policy, using the county's policy for its mobile stages as a blueprint. The board members indicated groups will be asked to provide a $1,000 damage deposit and proof of insurance and will pay $450 per day for at least two days for the rental.

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Catholic Charities wins international reaccreditation

Catholic Charities of Buffalo has been reaccredited by the Council on Accreditation, an international, independent, nonprofit accrediting organization of community-based social and behavioral health care services.

Catholic Charities Chief Executive Officer Dennis C. Walczyk said the reaccreditation indicates that Catholic Charities of Buffalo is continuing to meet the highest national standards and is delivering the best quality services to its clients.