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Ex-dean at Canisius High named parade grand marshal

Patrick Plunkett, of Orchard Park, former dean of students and coach at Canisius High School, has been named grand marshal of Buffalo's St. Patrick's Day Parade, which will be held March 18 on Delaware Avenue. He has designated his brothers, Michael, Daniel and John, as deputy marshals.

Plunkett, an executive committee member of the United Irish American Association of Erie County, which sponsors the parade, was chairman of the first Celtic Challenge, a four-mile run that helped support the march, last year.

A South Buffalo native, he played football, baseball and basketball at Canisius High School and was an All-America lacrosse player at Hobart College. Currently, he works in insurance and financial services and is a student at Christ the King Seminary, working toward a master's degree in pastoral care ministry. He and his wife, the former Colleen Coughlin, have four children.

The parade will be dedicated to the memory of Catherine "Kate" Mahoney O'Brien, a longtime volunteer who gave countless hours to the parade, first in administrative work, then as an executive committee member. She was elected grand marshal of the parade in 1984.


Roswell Park team to address leaders about budget plan

More than two dozen doctors, researchers, board members and leaders from Roswell Park Cancer Institute will travel to Albany today to meet with state leaders and share their concerns about Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo's proposed 2012-13 budget.

The proposed budget calls for $102 million in state money this year for Roswell Park, but also includes language to make the cancer center "operationally independent" by March 2014.

Roswell Park representatives will spend the day conducting meetings with legislative leaders, key committee chairmen, the Western New York delegation and legislators from across the state.

"Our goal is to tell state leaders about the unbelievable progress in understanding, preventing and curing cancer we are making at Roswell Park," said Dr. Donald L. Trump, the hospital's CEO, "and to help them understand that Roswell Park is a world-class cancer center delivering quality clinical care, developing new ways to prevent, detect and treat cancer while also educating the next generation of scientists and physicians."

Roswell Park has a five-to-one return on the state's investment, has reduced its reliance on the state since it became a public benefit corporation in 1999, has created 1,000 new jobs and nine new spinoff companies, hospital officials said.


Italian-American Police offering two scholarships

The Italian-American Police Association of Western New York is offering two scholarships in memory of two members who were killed in the line of duty.

The scholarships, named for Erie County Sheriff's Deputy Robert S. Insalaco and Buffalo Police Patrolman David J. Scime, are available to seniors at any high school in Erie or Niagara counties.

For more information and to obtain an application, visit Application deadline is May 1.

For more information, contact Samuel F. Amato at 876-7992 or