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Free cataract surgery to be offered Nov. 12

Dr. Kenneth D. Anthone, a cataract surgeon, has announced he will offer free surgery to 20 to 25 people as part of his Eyes on America Foundation.

The operations will be performed Nov. 12. Prospective patients need to obtain pretesting Oct. 7 in his offices at 170 Maple Road, Amherst. Recipients must be older than 30, U.S. citizens, on limited income and have poor vision.

Those who meet the requirements should call 634-6100 to schedule a screening. More information is available at www.anthoneeyecenter.com.

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Bills, Roswell Park link on prostate cancer tests

The Buffalo Bills are teaming up with Roswell Park Cancer Institute to host a prostate cancer screening clinic Oct. 4 in Ralph Wilson Stadium.

The event, hosted in conjunction with the American Urological Association Foundation, is dubbed "Know Your Stats About Prostate Cancer."

Doctors will perform free screenings at the stadium, including PSA blood tests and digital rectal exams.

Several Buffalo Bills Alumni and Buffalo Jills will be at the stadium to help promote the event.

The event will take place from 3:30 to 7 p.m. in the Paul Maguire Club.

Registration is requested. To register, call (877) ASK-RPCI (877-275-7724) or go online at http://www/roswellpark.org/knowyourstats.

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School-age child care is focus of forum

A conference on school-age child care, sponsored by the Child Care Resource Network, will be held from 8 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Oct. 15 in the Hearthstone Manor, Depew.

The theme is "Footprints on the Path journey to quality school-age care," and the keynote speaker will be Dr. Kenneth Condrell, a Williamsville clinical psychologist. Workshops include effective discipline, dealing with resistant parents, relationship mentoring and strategies to support children with disabilities. Participants also will learn about anger management, grief counseling, childhood depression and techniques to survive the preteen and teenage years.

Registration before Sept. 30 is $50. After that, it will be $60.

To register or for more information, contact Karen Scott at 877-6666, Ext. 3035, or kscott@wnychildren.org.

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Sister Cities gathering scheduled for Saturday

The Buffalo area will be host of this year's New York State Sister Cities conference Saturday in the Hilton Garden Inn, Cheektowaga.

The Sister Cities project began in the 1950s and has grown popular across the world, allowing cities separated by great distances to have the chance to share their arts, cultures, customs and crafts, as well as their business practices. New York cities involved in the program will meet in Buffalo to discuss each of their partnerships.

Buffalo has 15 Sister Cities, including Siena, Italy; Kanazawa, Japan; and Saint Ann's Bay, Jamaica. Cheektowaga is paired with Lowicz, Poland, and Lackawanna is paired with Mielec, Poland.