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Swift to lead design panel for Canalside development

Douglas G. Swift was named by Erie Canal Harbor Development Corp. to head the new Canalside Design Committee.

Swift, president and director of design for CityView Properties, will be joined by Hiro Hata, associate professor of architecture in urban design at the University at Buffalo; architects Max Willig and Rishawn Sonubi; and Amelida Ortiz Weinmann, active in the Hispanic community.

"The committee is being put in place as an extra measure to bring professionals from the community into the mix to help our board of directors to ensure design is upheld to the highest standards, and to create an environment we are all going to be proud of," said Thomas P. Dee, the harbor agency's president.



'It's Still Summer' bash will benefit area veterans

An East Amherst concert will offer live music and fun in an effort to raise money for WNY Heroes, a local nonprofit group that helps area veterans.

The event will take place from 2 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. today at Sweet Melody's Authentic Italian Gelateria, 8485 Transit Road. Local artists Speedy Parker and The Informers will be playing blues and rock concerts, and gifts and prizes will be given away. Admission to the "It's Still Summer Veterans Bash" is $5.



Buffalo River Tour to operate on Labor Day

The historic Buffalo River Tour will be offered at 12:30 p.m. on Labor Day, Sept. 5. The tour is led by the Industrial Heritage Committee. Boarding is at the Miss Buffalo Dock at Erie Basin Marina. Cost for the two-hour trip is $15, $10 for kids 6 to 12.

For reservations, call 856-6696.



Hispanic women's group seeks college aid applicants

The Hispanic Women's League is accepting applications for scholarships from female college students who live in Erie County and show a commitment to the Hispanic community.

Applicants must have completed 24 hours of degree credit courses and have at least a 2.75 grade point average. Special awards will be given to those pursuing a career in nursing or mental health. Community Foundation and Bryant & Stratton scholarships also will be awarded. Applications are available at or by calling Alicia Granto-Estenoz at 885-HELP or Eleanor Paterson at 851-1049. Deadline for applications is Sept. 23.



Harris Hill resident marks 101st birthday today

Loretta Zazynski-Loffredo turns 101 today.

Born in Brooklyn on Aug. 28, 1910, she has lived most of her life in Western New York and currently resides at Harris Hill Skilled Nursing Facility in Lancaster. A retired elevator operator from the old L.L. Berger clothing store in downtown Buffalo, she has two children, six grandchildren and 15 great-grandchildren.

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