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Time Warner Cable, MSG finalize agreement

It's official.

Time Warner Cable and MSG Media formally finalized the verbal agreement announced Friday and put it in writing, the cable company announced Monday.

Terms of the agreement were still not disclosed.

"Time Warner Cable has finalized a multiyear agreement with MSG Media for carriage of MSG, MSG and Fuse," said Joli Plucknette-Farmen, communications manager for Time Warner in Western New York.

In a separate statement by MSG officials, the regional sports network that has the exclusive rights to telecast Buffalo Sabres hockey games said it was "pleased to announce that late Friday night the companies finalized a multiyear agreement."

MSG officials also would not disclose the terms of the agreement.

The tentative agreement returned Sabres hockey to the airwaves for Time Warner subscribers in time for Friday night's shootout loss to Montreal. Time Warner customers will be able to watch tonight's game against the New York Islanders in the comfort of their homes.

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Planning Board to hold monthly meeting Thursday

LITTLE VALLEY -- The Cattaraugus County Planning Board will hold its monthly meeting Thursday in the County Center.

The board will consider a moratorium set by the Allegany Town Board on development of wind energy systems and special-use permits for the Village of Ellicottville.

The session will be held at 7 p.m. in the large committee room of the center at 303 Court St.

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Medical Center purchases robotic surgery system

NIAGARA FALLS -- Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center announced Monday that it has purchased a $1.7 million robotic surgery system.

The da Vinci Si unit is to be used by specially trained surgeons in minimally invasive operations, in which small holes rather than incisions are made in the patient's body.

"News of this technology coming to Niagara Falls Memorial has already prompted several of Western New York's most distinguished and well-regarded surgeons to apply for operating privileges here," hospital President and CEO Joseph A. Ruffolo said.

An open house and demonstration of the unit, open to the public, is scheduled from noon to 6 p.m. March 6. The system will be used for surgery beginning March 8.

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Squeaky Wheel gets $13,000 Baird grant

Squeaky Wheel received a $13,000 grant from the Cameron and Jane Baird Foundation to support techARTS for Girls, a computer literacy program for girls ages 9 to 14 that's designed to encourage girls' interest and confidence in technology through the arts.

The funds will be used to purchase portable iPads, allowing training that isn't limited by the availability of computers at the teaching site.