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Mercy Flight gets loans to purchase 2 helicopters

Mercy Flight has been granted $2.65 million in federal loans for two helicopters to upgrade its emergency services in Erie and Cattaraugus counties.

The loans from the U.S. Department of Agriculture include $1 million to help purchase a new $6.5 million Bell 429 twin-engine rescue helicopter for Erie County and $1.65 million to buy a BK 117 twin-engine transport helicopter for the Olean area.

"These helicopters will help improve emergency response throughout many rural areas of Western New York," said U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer. Mercy Flight will be able to reduce the time it takes to deliver emergency care, he said.

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Parade starts at 9 a.m. for Babe Ruth World Series

JAMESTOWN -- Fifty-six units will be featured in the kick-off parade for the 2011 Babe Ruth World Series. The parade starts at 9 a.m. Saturday on Third Street and will travel from Monroe Avenue east to Tracy Plaza.

Streets along the parade route will close at 7 a.m. There will be no parking on Third Street or in the parade lineup area on the Third Street Bridge.

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Great Lakes Beach Sweep is scheduled for Sept. 17

It's time to pick litter off Western New York's beaches during the annual Great Lakes Beach Sweep. The effort, part of the Ocean Conservancy's International Coastal Cleanup, is in its 26th year on local beaches.

Volunteers are needed -- individuals, as well as interested civic and community groups -- to participate in the cleanup day, which will take place from 10 a.m. to noon on Sept. 17.

Woodlawn State Park and Evangola State Park will be bases for this year's event, organizers said, but any beach in Western New York can be cleaned as part of the effort.

In 2010, more than 9,000 New Yorkers participated in the cleanup effort across the state, which is organized on the state level by the American Littoral Society. More than 186,000 pounds of debris were removed from the state's beaches last year. Volunteers can call Sharen Trembath, the Lake Erie coordinator, for more information about the event, at 549-4330, or visit www.greatlakesbeachsweep.com or www.alsnyc.org.

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Lectures slated by pair from Clinton administration

Two Clinton-era figures will speak in Buffalo on back-to-back days in September.

James Carville, who served President Bill Clinton as campaign manager during his first presidential campaign and as a senior political adviser during his first term, will speak at 5:30 p.m. Sept. 19 in the Hyatt Regency Buffalo. His talk headlines the 2012 United Jewish Federation's kick-off dinner.

Bill Richardson, who was United Nations ambassador and secretory of the Department of Energy in Clinton's second term, will speak at 7 p.m. on Sept. 20 in the Montante Cultural Center on the Canisius College campus. His talk is part of the William H. Fitzpatrick Chair of Political Science Lecture Series.