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LOCAL NEWS BRIEFS

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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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.

The human service provider received its first four-year accreditation in 2007.

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

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Nature center to research, celebrate bugs at BugFest

LEWISTON -- Bugs are among the most populous creatures on Earth, and their wide varieties and oddities will be celebrated and researched at the annual BugFest at the Bond Lake Nature Center from 12 to 3 p.m. Aug. 21.

Visitors will get the chance to examine bugs close up with lenses and a microscope. Weather permitting, a "Bug Walk" is planned for 2 p.m. through the grassy areas surrounding the nature center, located at 2353 Lower Mountain Road. Bugs will be viewed and identified in their natural habitat, and bugs will be collected and then released back into the wild on the walk.

The event is free and open to the public. For more information, visit freewebs.com/bondlake or call Mary Kate Fonzi of the Bond Lake Beautification Committee at 694-5193.