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Recycling bin won't take kitchen appliances

LOCKPORT -- Town officials said Tuesday their electronic waste recycling program does not accept kitchen appliances.

Some microwave ovens have been brought to the drop-off bin at the Town of Lockport highway garage this week, but the Town Clerk's Office said the program accepts only computers, monitors, TV sets, stereo, VCRs and office equipment.

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Discussions near deadline on fate of Occupy Buffalo

Discussions on extending the agreement allowing Occupy Buffalo to remain on Niagara Square continued Tuesday with representatives of the group and the City of Buffalo.

The agreement was to expire at midnight Tuesday.

As many as 45 tents have occupied the square since the group set up Oct. 8, though they numbered 19 last week, with 10 to 15 people in sleeping bags on a given weekday.

The winter weather has crimped numbers, but local members of the group inspired by the Occupy Wall Street message of "we are the 99 percent" want to continue their efforts.

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Mercy Hospital Heart Center receives a top rating

The Heart Center at Mercy Hospital has been given the Society of Thoracic Surgeons' highest award for quality of heart bypass surgery -- a three-star rating -- for the period from July 1, 2010, to last June 30.

The South Buffalo hospital previously won a three-star rating for the calendar year 2010. Only 14 percent of 1,044 participating hospitals across the nation achieved three stars.

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Marina in state park offers boaters discount

Boaters can get a 10 percent discount on their 2012 slip rental at Big Six Mile Creek State Park Marina on Grand Island if they sign a rental agreement between now and April 15, the state Office of Parks, Recreation and Historical Preservation announced.

The Big Six Marina has 130 slips, gasoline service, a holding tank pump-out and a launch ramp in a protected harbor.

Rates before the discount are $35 per foot and include water and electrical hookups. For information, call 773-3271.

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Gaughan will join panel on reform at Yale

Kevin P. Gaughan, a Buffalo attorney who has championed government reduction in Western New York for several years, will participate in a panel discussion exploring local government reform at Yale University on March 26.

The session, sponsored by the Yale Law Journal, will coincide with the law journal's upcoming publication of an article on government reform by Berkeley Law School Professor Michelle Wilde Anderson, who interviewed Gaughan.

His presentation is expected to address his efforts to downsize local government.