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Longtime Quick Center chief to leave his post on Dec. 31

OLEAN -- Joseph A. LoSchiavo, associate vice president and executive director of the Regina A. Quick Center for the Arts at St. Bonaventure University, will step down effective Dec. 31.

Under LoSchiavo, who has occupied the post for nine years, the Quick Center has raised more than $900,000 in grants and more than $2.5 million in gifts. The funding has reduced the center's dependence on the university's operating budget by 55 percent.

Also under LoSchiavo, the exhibition schedule increased by more than 50 percent, from 11 in 2002-03 to an average of 16 per year in the following seven years.

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Lake Ontario water tests clear way for swimming

OLCOTT -- Olcott Beach has reopened for swimming.

Water quality surveillance sampling by the Niagara County Department of Health has determined the water is now safe for recreation swimming, county health officials said Saturday. Niagara County said it will continue to monitor water quality closely and immediately notify the public of any problems.

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Monarch Butterfly Festival poised to flutter on Aug. 27

JAMESTOWN -- The Jamestown Audubon Center and Sanctuary, 1600 Riverside Road, will host the Monarch Butterfly Festival from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Aug. 27.

Visitors will have the opportunity to observe monarchs in every stage of their life cycle. Butterfly eggs and monarch caterpillars will also be on display. Also featured are butterfly crafts for kids, food and tours of the Audubon's butterfly garden. A plant sale also will be held.

Admission is $5 for Audubon members, $7 for nonmembers and free for children younger than 2. For information, visit www.jamestownaudubon.org.

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St. Bonaventure honors Town of Tonawanda native

St. Bonaventure University has established a scholarship for the Town of Tonawanda native who died after collapsing at an off-campus party in January.

The Matthew Dungan Memorial Scholarship will be awarded annually to a deserving student who played rugby at Kenmore West and is or will be attending St. Bonaventure University.

Dungan, 19, played rugby at Kenmore West before joining the team at SBU. Doctors later determined heart disease caused his death.

Those wishing to donate to the scholarship fund should visit www.sbu.edu/donate or call 375-4084.

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Informational meeting slated Tuesday on expansion plans

Residents can learn about Erie County Medical Center's expansion plans at an informational meeting from 6-8 p.m. Tuesday at the Delavan-Grider Community Center, 877 E. Delavan Ave.

Executives from ECMC will be on hand to talk about the changes, including the construction of a new skilled nursing facility on the campus.