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> JAMESTOWN

Opening ceremonies held for Babe Ruth World Series

JAMESTOWN -- Fifty-six units were featured Saturday in the kick-off parade for the 2011 13-to-15-year-old Babe Ruth World Series. The parade started at 9 a.m. on Third Street and traveled from Monroe Avenue east to Tracy Plaza.

Opening ceremonies for the games began at 11 a.m. at Diethrick Park, where all 25 games of the series will be played. The series runs through Aug. 27. This is the 15th World Series to be played in Jamestown.

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> HEALTH CARE

Catholic Health teams up with Horizon for services

Catholic Health has teamed up with Horizon Health Services to provide help for women with behavioral problems at the M. Steven Piver Center for Women's Health and Wellness at Sisters Hospital.

Horizon's Maribeth H. Alaimo, a licensed medical social worker, will be available to see patients at the Piver Center and assess a variety of behavioral health concerns, including anxiety, postpartum issues, depression, grief and loss, and marital and parental problems.

She will provide limited counseling, along with referrals to one of Horizon's 13 locations. Horizon is the area's largest provider of mental health, substance abuse and primary medical services.

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> CANISIUS COLLEGE

Oates, O'Nan will read from works, take questions

Authors Joyce Carol Oates and Stewart O'Nan will speak at Canisius College as part of its 2011 Contemporary Writers Series.

O'Nan, an awarding-winning fiction writer, will visit the campus at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 6 in the Grupp Fireside Lounge.

Oates, the prolific, world-renowned author from Lockport, will speak at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 24 in the Montante Cultural Center.

The events are free and open to the public.

The authors will read from their works at 7:30 p.m., followed by an audience question-and-answer period. Seating is limited.

The events will conclude with a reception and book-signing.

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> ENVIRONMENT

DEC finds new evidence of emerald ash borer's wrath

The emerald ash beetle continues its destructive invasion of the Buffalo area, state environmental officials say.

A new infestation has been discovered in Cheektowaga and Lancaster, the Department of Environmental Conservation said.

The borer, which was found in Western New York in 2009, has killed tens of millions of trees in 15 states and two Canadian provinces.

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> LEWISTON

Power Authority to hold hearing on rate increase

LEWISTON -- The New York Power Authority will hold a public hearing at the Niagara Power Project on its proposed 29.5 percent rate increase for preference customers, including private utilities. The local hearing is set from 3 to 7 p.m. Sept. 20 in the Power Vista off Lewiston Road.