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House panel OKs measure by Hochul on border security

WASHINGTON -- The House Homeland Security Committee last week unanimously approved an amendment by Rep. Kathleen C. Hochul that instructs federal officials to address security concerns along the northern border in a border strategy to be submitted to Congress.

Under the amendment, which both parties supported, the Department of Homeland Security would have to consider the Government Accountability Office's northern border security recommendations in writing its border strategy.

The accountability office said the federal government needs to devote more resources to the northern border, given that the vast majority of northern border territory is "vulnerable to exploitation."

In light of that, Hochul, D-Amherst, said it only makes sense for Homeland Security to pay more attention to the northern border.

"The Border Patrol recently reported that only 32 of the nearly 4,000 northern border miles have reached an acceptable level of security," Hochul said. "That needs to change to ensure the highest level of security for our nation's borders and ports of entry."

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Historical Society awarded $151,200 Oishei grant

The Buffalo & Erie County Historical Society has been awarded a $151,200 grant from the John R. Oishei Foundation for use this year and in 2012.

Robert D. Gioia, foundation president, noted in the letter granting the request that the board of directors was "impressed with the progress that has been made to date, and the evidence of new energy within the institution."

The Historical Society's strategic plan includes reinvigorating itself physically and through varied visitor experiences.

"The announcement of these new funds to create a dynamic Native American gallery, and also to support cataloging work critical to collections care, is both a profound symbol and a literal declaration of the community's support for -- and belief in -- the Historical Society," said Melissa N. Brown, executive director.

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Crisis Services readies Men Who Cook fundraiser

Crisis Services is holding its fifth annual Men Who Cook fundraiser from 6 to 9 p.m. Oct. 4 in Ellicott Square.

Crisis Services provides suicide prevention help, as well as assistance to victims of rape and domestic violence and people experiencing crisis, trauma and mental health issues, 24 hours a day in Erie County.

Restaurants participating in the fundraiser include Left Bank, Merge, Ulrich's, Joe's Deli, Redlinski Meats and Buffalo State Campus House. Amateur chefs showing off their culinary skills include Tim Herzog, Flying Bison Brewing Co.; Lt. Dave Mann, Buffalo Police Department; Mike Cummings, University at Buffalo; Ryan Casullo, First Niagara Bank; Jim Casion, Baker Victory Services; Brian Brault, Pure Solutions; and Chris Spicer, Planned Parenthood.

Also participating are Premier Wines, Flying Bison Brewing Co. and Premium Coffee Roasters.

Tickets are $50 per person or $85 per couple. For more information, visit www.crisisservices.org.

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